Feinstein sneaks “network management” into stimulus bill

Thanks to Mark Crispin Miller for this headsup.

[UPDATE] If you are not one of Waxman's constituents, apparently you're unable to address him through the contact link above.  You can, however, write your own legislator easily, here http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

Look for "My Elected Officials" on the left, put in your zip and they list your representatives for you. Highlight the names you intend to write, and the server sets it up. Fill in your info and write your letter.

[UPDATE 2]One of Mark Crispin Miller's correspondents forwarded the following note: "I called Waxman's office in Washington and they said that he is a proponent of net neutrality and do not know how his name got attached to the Feinstein amendment. They also said that it will not be part of the stimulus bill. VF Mark, They consider the assertions that Waxman supported an attack on net neutrality an unfounded Internet rumor. He supports neutrality, and his office spoke forcefully that Waxman would oppose any such attacks.


An excerpt of The Register's report, US lawmaker injects ISP throttle into Obama rescue package, provides some detail, below.

The corollary to my lesson of the decade --that hundreds of millions invested in commercial-interest lobbying will shape the law you and I must live by-- seems to be that most in Congress ultimately have a price tag.

'Network management' meets child porn.
- By Cade Metz in San Francisco.

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 n 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.

Public Knowledge ('a Washington DC based public interest group working to defend your rights in the emerging digital culture') is chasing the story and describes the maneuver as "the most backdoor of all the backdoor ways" to slip this into law.

Word from Public Knowledge is that Congressman Henry Waxman will back Feinstein's amendment when it turns up in conference committee. Representing a district near Hollywood, Waxman has long backed the MPAA and the Recording Ass. of America in their efforts to crack down on P2P file sharing

I think this deserves some quick attention.


Net neutrality is now at risk, the senator having snuck this poison pill into the stimulus package.

Better raise your voices if you don't want the Internet to be controlled by Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and their giant ilk.

Apparently, Henry Waxman will support Feinstein's amendment, out of deference to the MPAA and the Recording Association of America.

Tell him not to do it:

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"Gotcha" issues like "national security" and "child porn" are being applied and hidden behind as broad-spectrum hammers to drive more restrictions into place.