While the UK music and internet industries continue to wrestle with the implications of the Digital Economy Act, it seems the US could introduce its own version of graduated response in the near future. CNET reports that US ISPs including AT&T, Comcast and Verizon are ‘closer than ever’ to announcing a deal with media and entertainment companies to implement anti-piracy measures, and could announce it next month. The plan involves written warnings – ‘Copyright Alerts’ – sent to broadband users accused of illegal downloads, followed by a range of possible sanctions, including throttling their broadband speed or limiting them to visiting ‘the top 200 web sites’ until they stop filesharing. CNET suggests that industry body the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) is helping to broker the deal, with encouragement from the White House. The report suggests the deal could still fall apart at the last minute.
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