So, my California buddies . . . were you thinking that Diane Feinstein was your friend?
This from crooksandliars.com:
Is Diane Feinstein trying to sneak draconian internet control legislation into the stimulus bill? It sure looks that way.
US Senator Dianne Feinstein hopes to update President Barack Obama's $838bn economic stimulus package so that American ISPs can deter child pornography, copyright infringement, and other unlawful activity by way of "reasonable network management."
Clearly, a lobbyist whispering in Feinstein's ear has taken Comcast's now famous euphemism even further into the realm of nonsense.
According to Public Knowledge, Feinstein's network management amendment did not find a home in the stimulus bill that landed on the Senate floor. But lobbyists speaking with the Washington DC-based internet watchdog said that California's senior Senator is now hoping to insert this language via conference committee - a House-Senate pow-wow were bill disputes are resolved.
"This is the most backdoor of all the backdoor ways of doing things," Public Knowledge's Art Brodsky told The Reg. "Conference committees are notorious for being the most opaque of all legislative processes."
This is unacceptable for any of you who value a free and open internet, which I assume is 99.9% of C&L readers. Please contact your representatives and urge them to fight back against this shady backdoor violation of the spirit of the internet.
I’m back. This conference committee stuff should be done away with altogether. In 1997, a relatively innocuous Education Omnibus Bill was stuffed with changes to the Bankruptcy Laws that had been dictated by the banks. Those changes took we, I was one at the time, Bankruptcy Law practitioners quite by surprise. There were only two weeks between the first time they showed up in the Congressional Record, which, to my knowledge, no one reads every day, and when the bill was signed into law. It cost me, yes me, personally, $20,000, to settle a resultant lawsuit filed by a client who was affected.
And the Internet should stay free, don’t you think? Or should we hand over everything of value to the corporations just because they pay off our elected representatives? No libel intended, Diane, I know you’re too smart to take mere money. But what did they offer you?