There are two bills currently in front of the senate they are the United States Information and Communications Act (S. 921), or U.S. ICE, and the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (S. 773). The general consensus is the Senate will converge the two bills together, no surprise here.
In an article: Cybersecurity Act returns with a fresh coat of paint
“the bill has been redrafted behind closed doors” and goes on to say “Like the original bill, the new version appears to give the President carte blanche to decide which networks and systems, private or public, count as “critical infrastructure information systems or networks.”
Overlooked is how the Internet has evolved in the lives of citizens and how government control would infringe on the rights of these same ordinary citizens. While many of us regularly use the Internet to send an email to a friend or just surf the web, businesses rely on the Internet today more than ever. Private industry in the event of a "network shutdown" will be under the control of the Federal Government.
Some examples of industry that will affect us:
Telecommunications – While I cannot verify the estimates that at least 60% of land-line phone communications have been converted to Internet Protocol, in 2005 I was involved in the Security Communications Industry. I can tell you that unknown to me the phone company had switched our dedicated long-distance service to Internet Protocol and the way the data was communicated was incompatible with our systems. Of course a considerable amount of manpower was used to resolve this issue, we finally requested a standard POTS line (Plain Old Phone System) and the problem was solved. Never the less many rely on a Internet phone network and some do so by choice using a network like Vonage.
Security – Signals sent and received, sometimes even continuously from institutions such as banks and critical data centers in the private sector, a jewelry store security system could be affected by a network shut down.
Medical – From a personal pacemaker reprogramming to major critical medical systems a shut down would be a matter of life and death.
Transportation Industry – Trucking could be adversely affected by a network shut down not to mention Rail-cars and the possibility of derailments. Coal being shipped out of Wyoming as well as food and supplies coming into Wyoming could be affected.
Media – Like the article you are reading right now, news outlets are network dependent. Again a First Amendment violation that reveals a Federal Government that will have full control.
The Internet was built on a redundancy of an intertwined stupid network and no one knows what the results of a shutdown will bring. Staggering unintended consequences is what we can expect from the bureaucrats in Washington.
Wyoming must say no to this intrusion by the federal government, we must remain free people. Contact your state legislators and tell them you want "Tenth Amendment" protection from the federal government.
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