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The internet as we know it is at risk because of proposed new EU rules going through end of April. Under the proposed new rules, broadband providers will be legally able to limit the number of websites you can look
at, and to tell you whether or not you are allowed to use particular services. It will be dressed up as ‘new consumer options' which people can choose from. People will be offered TV-like packages - with a limited
number of options for you to access.
A pair of bills introduced in the U.S. Senate would grant the White House sweeping new powers to access private online data, regulate the cybersecurity industry and even shut down Internet traffic during a declared "cyber emergency."
Senate bills No. 773 and 778, introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., are both part of what's being called the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, which would create a new Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor, reportable directly to the president and charged with defending the country from cyber attack.
A working draft of the legislation obtained by an Internet privacy group also spells out plans to grant the Secretary of Commerce access to all privately owned information networks deemed to be critical to the nation's infrastructure "without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule or policy restricting such access."
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
The Congress finds the following:
(1) America’s failure to protect cyberspace is
one of the most urgent national security problems
facing the country.
SEC. 18. CYBERSECURITY RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHOR-
(1) within 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, shall develop and implement a comprehensive national cybersecurity strategy, which
(A) a long-term vision of the nation’s cybersecurity future; and
(B) a plan that encompasses all aspects of national security,including participation of the private sector, including critical infrastructure operators and managers;
(2) may declare a cybersecurity emergency and
order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic
to and from any compromised Federal government
or United States critical infrastructure information
system or network;
The EU institutions have reached a final compromise on the telecoms reform package, the Czech EU presidency announced. The member states approved the deal with MEPs, paving the way for the legislation to go to a final vote in parliament on 6 May and receive the formal seal at the following ministerial council. According to a statement from the Czech presidency, the agreement includes plans to further harmonise policies on radio spectrum use across the EU, lay the groundwork for investments in next-generation networks, authorise the use in exceptional circumstances of functional separation of incumbent operators, set up the new Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications and enhance consumer protection in telecom services. A final sticking point in the negotiations was a proposal from some MEPs aimed at blocking certain member states' plans for restricting internet access for illegal file-sharers. According to the Czech presidency, the compromise respects the member states' legal rights while also protecting internet users in line with the convention on human rights.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
There is no such thing as "the" internet in the sense of one monopolized entity that can be restricted or controlled.