Fresh in from the gosh-we-didn't-see-this-coming department: A recent survey by ISPreview.co.uk revealed that British broadband users really don't like the idea of disconnecting repeat infringers from the Internet. Only around six percent favored an Internet ban as a punishment for file sharers. This means the last resort measure of the so-called three strikes approach is almost as unpopular as P2P lawsuits, which were deemed an appropriate punishment by only about four percent of respondents.

Of course, one should be aware of the fact that ISPreview's surveys are somewhat self-selecting. The site is essentially the British counterpart to DSLreports.com, albeit with a somewhat more toned down editorial. Still, one might expect that most of the users that go to ISPreview in order to figure out which ISP offers them the best download rates are, well, downloading something, and possibly use P2P apps to do so.

That being said, around a fifth of the website's readers were apparently okay with ISPs restricting access to some file sharing services. From ISPreview:

"The results from 472 respondents to ISPreview.co.uk's latest survey has revealed that 20.7% of Brits think ISPs should tackle repeated illegal file sharing by imposing restrictions upon P2P access. This could potentially involve blocking websites that host links to illegal downloads and or restricting the maximum speed at which P2P services are allowed to run."

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