Plans to expand super-fast broadband coverage across the UK may inadvertently lead to a rise in illegal filesharing, research has revealed.
According to figures from Moneysupermarket.com, one in five web users already claim to download illegally, while over a third think faster web connections will only make it easier to do.
The most popular items to download through filesharing platforms include music, films, software and TV programmes.
Mike Wilson, Manager of Broadband at Moneysupermarket.com, said there is a chance that new technology may encourage people to change their ways.
"The number of people looking for unlimited and fast broadband packages is rising which is an indicator that downloading and streaming are becoming a big part of online behaviour, but perhaps the advent of free sites like BBC iPlayer and Spotify will convince some illegal downloaders to change their ways," he explained.
TalkTalk recently claimed it would continue with its campaign against the digital economy bill, which includes clauses related to illegal filesharing.