Just remember a lot of trends like this start there and end up in America. How much are you willing to have your taxes go up to bail out the record and movie industries?
According to Labour Party leaders, the government is planning on handing the expense of the Digital Economy Bill down to taxpayers. That expense is estimated to be approximately £500M (approximately $800M USD). On average, that works out to more than £25 more a year ($40 USD/year) per internet connection.
And that’s considering that the government is counting on the bill reducing piracy enough to increase media revenues by £1.7B ($2.72B USD), leading to £350M ($560M USD) extra in VAT tax revenue. If that increase isn’t realized, British taxpayers could find themselves on the hook for over $1B USD in enforcement expenses.
The initial letter writing campaign is predicted to cut off 40,000 citizens from the internet and cost £1.40 ($2.20 USD) per subscription. The government appears to have purposefully neglects to include possible economic losses based on citizens being taken offline in its estimates.