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The disconnection of internet users for infringing online copyright should be properly debated before the digital economy bill becomes law, according to one MP.

Tom Watson, the member for West Bromwich East, has expressed concerns over the speed at which the legislative proposal is making its way through parliament.

Harriet Harman, the leader of the House of Commons, yesterday confirmed that the bill will have its second reading on April 6th 2010.

However, Mr Watson said there is a risk that the proposals contained in the anti-filesharing legislation may not be properly examined by committee.

Speaking at the Stop Disconnection Demo in London, he explained that the prospect of the bill being "bounced through" parliament had angered voters, many of whom have now alerted their MP to their opposition.

"There are plenty of other measures that can be considered, but the point is we are not going to have time to discuss the alternatives," he said.

Mr Watson expressed hope that the three main parties will listen to voters and concerned MPs and "be sensible" by dropping the online copyright infringement provisions prior to enactment.

According to the Open Rights Group, the bill will allow broadband disconnection, web blocking and potentially the death of open Wi-Fi should it be passed in its present form.

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