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Lawmakers strike new tone with proposed bill giving Obama power to shut down Internet

Second draft working its way up through Senate committee

By , Network World
August 28, 2009 05:42 PM ET

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Network World sources said Rockefeller’s Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee, which includes Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), spent much of the recent Senate recess meeting with stakeholders and groups that had problems with the first draft of the bill.

Those meetings are intended to help complete a second draft, which has yet to be introduced formally by the committee.

While the sources did not say who was part of those meetings, stakeholders could conceivably extend to large service provider networks such as those run by Google, Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo and others that offer online services and applications to corporations and consumers.

In April, Google confirmed it was studying the legislation.

The cybersecurity bill is very much in the early stages and the second draft represents progress in drafting the bill’s language for the committee to debate.

Introduced bills and resolutions first go to committees that deliberate, investigate and revise them before they go to general debate. The majority of bills and resolutions never make it out of committee.

As with any law, both the House and Senate would have to pass the bill and the President would have to sign it.

Read more about security in Network World's Security section.

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