On January 29, 2009, the UK government released a preliminary report on "Digital Britain," recommending steps to "secure Britain's place at the forefront of the global digital economy." One element of the recommendations would place new responsibilities on ISPs to combat illegal downloading. The interim report contains more than 20 recommendations, including specific proposals on:

  • next generation networks
  • universal access to broadband  
  • the creation of a second public service provider of scale  
  • the modernization of wireless radio spectrum holdings  
  • a digital future for radio  
  • a new deal for digital content rights  
  • enhancing the digital delivery of public services  

The web index page for the interim report is here. One aspect of the report that received early press is a recommendation for the government to create legislation forcing ISPs to gather information on customers engaged in illegal P2P file-sharing and to contact repeat offenders warning them that their behavior is against the law. This action would apparently stop with a warning, as The Times reported that "in an interview with The Times, David Lammy, the Intellectual Property Minister, said that the Government had ruled out legislating to force ISPs to disconnect such users." This UK approach could be influential and will focus the debate already started on an earlier French proposal that would require ISPs to cut off such customers.