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The Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) has welcomed six new members, it has been reported.

Metronet UK, Xifos Limited, Sparta Telecom, Onwave UK Limited, LN Communications Ltd and Rural Communications Solutions Limited have all joined the broadband trade association in the last month.

This comes after nine other service providers agreed to the terms of the ISPA Code of Practice in May 2012, reports ISPreview.co.uk.

According to the news provider, the surge in applications is "partly a reflection of the seemingly anti-provider stance that increasingly appears to emanate from the government".

Many broadband providers are concerned about the government plan to implement the anti-filesharing provisions of the Digital Economy Act 2010.

Under the terms of the legislation, service providers will be required to send warning letters to consumers who breach online copyrights, and potentially even cut off repeat offenders.

ISPA's main activity is in making representations on behalf of the industry to government bodies, such as the Home Office, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Ofcom.

According to the association - which has over 200 voluntary members - government and political representatives often approach ISPA for its knowledge and expertise.

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