The digital economy bill was an ambitious piece of legislation designed, among other things, to overhaul the broadcasting industry, start the ball rolling on radio switchover, ensure high-speed broadband access for all, and deal with internet piracy.
Gordon Brown regarded it as an attempt to equip Britain for the digital age by providing the infrastructure needed to ensure the country's creative industries could flourish.
A lack of parliamentary time ahead of the general election torpedoed several key measures in the bill. And a process that would normally involve several weeks or even months of legislative scrutiny was squeezed into a two-hour Commons debate last night, during which the rest of the bill was largely waved through by MPs.
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