Internet Freedom Act

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Internet Freedom Act

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This bill was introduced January 5, 2011. It prohibits the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from "proposing, promulagating, or issuing any regulations with regard to the Internet or IP-enabled services." Essentially, the FCC will have limited power to censor or regulate the internet. However, there is a clause that the prohibition will not be applicable if the FCC can protect the country and its citizens. For a more detailed summary, go here.

Avoiding internet censorship is one of the largest debates surrounding cybersecurity. Past laws like the Patriot Act may violate individual privacies, but pending cyber laws seem to emphasize internet freedom and net neutrality. 

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January 5, 2011

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn, "Internet Freedom Act," in Cyberwar Resources Guide, Item #177, https://www.projectcyw-d.org/resources/items/show/177 (accessed October 23, 2021).