Friday, June 18, 2010

Internet - #1869 Protecting Cyberspace As a National Asset Act - S3480 -New Bill Gives Obama 'Kill Switch' to Shut Down the Internet - Prison Planet

The federal government would have “absolute power” to shut down the Internet under the terms of a new US Senate bill being pushed by Joe Lieberman, legislation which would hand President Obama a figurative “kill switch” to seize control of the world wide web in response to a Homeland Security directive.  Lieberman has been pushing for government regulation of the Internet for years under the guise of cybersecurity, but this new bill goes even further in handing emergency powers over to the feds which could be used to silence free speech under the pretext of a national emergency.  “The legislation says that companies such as broadband providers, search engines or software firms that the US Government selects “shall immediately comply with any emergency measure or action developed” by the Department of Homeland Security. Anyone failing to comply would be fined,” reports ZDNet’s Declan McCullagh.  The 197-page bill (PDF) is entitled Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, or PCNAA.  Technology lobbying group TechAmerica warned that the legislation created “the potential for absolute power,” while the Center for Democracy and Technology worried that the bill’s emergency powers “include authority to shut down or limit internet traffic on private systems.”  Read more and link to bill.......


FCC to Reconsider Broadband Regulations - My Way - Federal regulators are reconsidering the rules that govern high-speed Internet connections - wading into a bitter policy dispute that could be tied up in court for years.  The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday to begin taking public comments on three different paths for regulating broadband. That includes a proposal by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a Democrat, to define broadband access as a telecommunications service subject to "common carrier" obligations to treat all traffic equally.  Genachowski's proposal is a response to a federal appeals court ruling that has cast doubt on the agency's authority over broadband under its existing regulatory framework.  Read more......  UPDATE:  FCC Moves to Regulate Internet Even Though the Law Calls for the Internet to be Unfettered - CNS News -  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Thursday to begin the formal process of bringing the Internet under greater federal control – a move sought by both President Barack Obama and FCC Chairnman Julius Genachowski--even though federal law calls for an Internet "unfettered by Federal or State regulation."  Read more......

U.S. Senator Wants Internet Seizure Rights - Free Republic - A new bill introduced to Congress calls for a new government body to oversee the internet as well as provide emergency powers to a “director of cyberspace policy” as well as the President.  The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act (PCNAA), introduced by Senator Joe Lieberman, would amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and extend the already-broad definition of “critical infrastructure” to the Internet.  Since the United States is home to most of the Internet root server locations, as well as most of the companies serving up critical Internet functions such as VeriSign (operator of dot-com), ICANN (overseeing DNS policy body), and with ICANN and VeriSign working under a US government contract to provide the location of all other Internet registries across the world, such a Bill would effectively give a single individual de facto control over the internet.  As such, were the Act to be passed into law, it would cause the almost immediate fracturing of the internet into dozens of different networks and have a devastating impact on the “security and resiliency of the cyber and communications infrastructure” that it purported to protect.  Read more........


Senators propose Granting President Emergency Internet Power - CNet News A new U.S. Senate bill would grant the president far-reaching emergency powers to seize control of or even shut down portions of the Internet.  The legislation announced Thursday says that companies such as broadband providers, search engines, or software firms that the government selects "shall immediately comply with any emergency measure or action developed" by the Department of Homeland Security. Anyone failing to comply would be fined. That emergency authority would allow the federal government to "preserve those networks and assets and our country and protect our people," Joe Lieberman, the primary sponsor of the measure and the chairman of the Homeland Security committee, told reporters on Thursday. Lieberman is an independent senator from Connecticut who caucuses with the Democrats.  Because there are few limits on the president's emergency power, which can be renewed indefinitely, the densely worded 197-page bill (PDF) is likely to encounter stiff opposition.  Read more........


Link to Library of Congress - Thomas - Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act - S 3480 ...


Why four articles on this Bill and what the FCC is trying to accomplish again....... warning of the severity of the intent of the government in any way possible, to control the internet and take another source of information, especially conservative information, and chip away more of our freedoms and liberties granted by the U.S. Constitution.


Time to call your Senators........, as futile as it seems, especially in Virginia, we don't want Senators Webb and Warner to say they didn't hear from us.  Outside Virginia, please call as well.
Senator Webb - 202-224-4024, Senator Warner - 202-224-2023.

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