Tens of Thousands Flee From BT and Virgin
Yes, there are lots of smaller ISP's in the UK that tend to offer much better service than the big players. I suspect that many of these users will be moving to a smaller provider. Also the big providers tend to offer deals with TV/Phone/Broadband/Kitchen Sink etc etc which aren't actually that great value for money if you don't care about their "value added" catch up TV services, which are mainly inferior versions of iPlayer. I would imagine with people looking a little more critically at their finances these days people will be dumping the addon rubbish, noticing that without this their deal isn't actually that good and moving to a specialised ISP that just gives broadband access at a decent price.
Deep Packet Inspection Set To Return
Err, didn't they try this before and users hated it and it's invasion of privacy so much that it nearly caused a court case? What's changed to make it different this time? Oh look, nothing, they're just hoping everyone's forgotten already...
Anti-Piracy Lawyers 'Knew Letters Hit Innocents'
This is actually a good result. Having worked at a UK solicitors (IANAL, I was in IT, this is Slashdot after all...) I know that pretty much the only thing they are scared of is the SRA. Every practising legal firm in the UK requires a license from these guys, no license = no firm, and hopefully this is what will result here.
A Windows-Based Packaging Mechanism
There is a mechanism for doing this kind of thing already in Windows, via Add/Remove programs and Group Policy. Surely it would be a good idea to try and re-use this rather than re-inventing the wheel.