Mandelson: Broadband suspension shoud be 'last resort'

Lord Mandelson has repeated that illegal filesharing posed a threat to Britain's creative industries and it was vital for such industries to be allowed to flourish, but emphasised filesharers could have their Internet connections cut off for short periods, but only as a last resort.

ISPs had reacted angrily to Mandelsonís enthusiastic support for the three-strikes policy and the fact ISPs were to meet 50 per cent of the cost.