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U2 star Bono's suggestion that broadband providers are enjoying major profits due to illegal filesharing has been described as "seriously misguided" by TalkTalk.

In a statement responding to the singer and activist's recent New York Times column, the company has stated it generates no additional revenue and suggested that extra bandwidth means it actually incurs some costs.

The broadband provider has also claimed that Bono's decision to equate the issue to efforts to tackle child pornography is "outrageous".

According to the firm: "To suggest that sharing a music file is every bit as evil as child abuse beggars belief.

"If the digital economy bill as it is currently framed becomes law, it will become legal to summarily disconnect someone for alleged copyright abuse but if you want to disconnect them for accessing child abuse images then you will have to get a court order first."

TalkTalk is behind the Don't Disconnect Us campaign, which is against the UK government's plans to introduce a three-strike policy to cut levels of illegal filesharing.

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