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U2 star Bono has suggested that broadband providers should do more to tackle the issue of illegal filesharing.

The singer and activist has written in a column for the New York Times that filesharing is damaging those creating content, such as films and music, adding that improvements in broadband technology are likely to make the problem worse.

He explained: "The immutable laws of bandwidth tell us we're just a few years away from being able to download an entire season of '24' in 24 seconds."

The star also claimed that the practice represented "reverse Robin Hooding", where service providers are enjoyed big profits that "perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business".

Bono's comments on the issue have come as broadband providers including TalkTalk take a stand against plans to tackle filesharing in the UK.

The company has suggested that the trend of Wi-Fi hijacking means innocent web users could be disconnected under business secretary Lord Mandelson's three-strike plans to combat the problem.

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