A new bill from the U.S Senate aimed at protecting against cyber-threats on critical infrastructure would effectively authorize the President to control the Internet traffic in case of an emergency. Some compared it to the kind of control that allowed the President to ground all planes on Sept 11th . The bill is still far from reaching the President’s desk, but right now, the telecom industry would not support it until more details emerge.
“It is unclear what authority Sen. Rockefeller thinks is necessary over the private sector. Unless this is clarified, we cannot properly analyze, let alone support the bill.” (Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance).
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