IanKelley - 3:32 am on Jun 19, 2010 (gmt 0)
This news is about a week old but I couldn't find a previous post about it.
A lot here no doubt remember the attempts to give the US government "kill" power over the internet, there was one in 2008, and again in 2009.
Apparently it's not going away, a newly proposed bill called 'Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act' (PCNAA) would:
grant the president far-reaching emergency powers to seize control of or even shut down portions of the Internet.
Somehow it's even worse than it's predecessors... It includes not just ISPs and phone companies but potentially any other company remotely involved with the internet:
Under PCNAA, the federal government's power to force private companies to comply with emergency decrees would become unusually broad. Any company on a list created by Homeland Security that also "relies on" the Internet, the telephone system, or any other component of the U.S. "information infrastructure" would be subject to command by a new National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications (NCCC) that would be created inside Homeland Security.
It's amazing to me that something like this is even being proposed.