Digital Economy Act 2017: The pick ‘n’ mix assortment of provisions receives Royal Assent

The Digital Economy Act (the “Act“) finally received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 and the final text was published at the beginning of May. First introduced in the House of Commons in July 2016, it has been the subject of much scrutiny and debate by both Houses of Parliament. In the run up to the General Election, the legislation was passed in a final sweep as part of the so-called “wash up” period before the dissolution of Parliament.

It covers a wide assortment of areas falling under the “digital economy” umbrella but at its heart it seeks to “modernise the UK for enterprise” – focusing on improving access to digital communication services (including through improved connectivity and infrastructure), supporting new digital industries and enhancing protections for citizens using those services.

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