The British government outlined plans on Jan. 29 to bring broadband internet service to every home in Britain by 2012, and it proposed ways to support the music industry and other media businesses by cracking down on online piracy, reports the New York Times. The country wants to make broadband a universal service like television, using fixed-line and wireless technologies. About 60 percent of British households currently have broadband. The report makes frequent reference to President Obama’s economic stimulus plan, which includes billions of dollars for expanding access to broadband. But the British report emphasizes the role of the private sector, calling for steps to remove barriers to further investments. Matthew Howett, an analyst at telecommunications consulting firm Ovum, criticized the report for lacking details on how its goals might be achieved. "The government must ensure that ‘Digital Britain’ doesn’t become merely a series of reviews, reports, and consultations," Howett said. To curb unauthorized file-sharing, which the music industry blames for its woes, the report recommends requiring internet service providers to send warning letters to persistent pirates. Some British internet providers have already sent such letters under a voluntary agreement. Under the proposal outlined Jan. 29, they would be required by law to do so…

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