London – U.K. Internet service providers BT and Talk Talk
plan to challenge the country’s new Digital Economy Act before the High Court,
over provisions that require them to police file-sharing on their networks.
ISPs said in court documents that the law was given "insufficient scrutiny
before being rushed through into law at the tail end of the last
"It’s disappointing that we feel the need to take action
but we feel we have no choice. We have to do this for our customers who
otherwise run the risk of being treated unfairly," BT retail CEO Gavin
Patterson said in a statement.
"Our dispute is not with the current
government but with the previous administration which pushed this through
without due process. We need clarity about whether this legislation is
compatible with important EU laws."