Entries with tag proposed legislation.

Proposed Laws Would Keep Government-Funded Broadband Providers from Expanding into Markets Served by Private ISPs

Several US states—including Kansas and Utah—are considering legislation that would limit government-funded broadband networks built to serve specific communities from expanding to compete with private ISPs. Established providers say they have had to decrease prices to match those of these public-private backed services, such as in those communities with Google Fiber, and do not think private telecom firms should be forced to compete with taxpayer-funded services. For example, Utah’s proposed Interlocal Entity Service Prohibition law would prevent an open-access regional fiber consortium of cities known as UTOPIA (Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency) from extending its network beyond its 16 member communities. UTOPIA says “the incumbent telecoms are welcome to join our network, but have elected not to.” Similar legislation proposed in Georgia failed to pass. (SlashDot)(The Consumerist -- 1)(The Consumerist -- 2)(Ars Technica)

Dutch Officials Propose Law Authorizing Police Hacking

Newly proposed legislation in the Netherlands would give Dutch police who investigate online crimes the right to hack into computers in the country or abroad, with judicial approval. In addition to reading e-mail, law enforcement officers could install spyware or destroy files to combat cybercrimes. The pending law would also make it a crime for an individual or company not to decrypt files as requested by law enforcement in the course of an investigation. The Dutch parliament is expected to vote on the bill by year’s end. Proponents say the law would address areas of concern such as child pornography, terrorism, and distributed denial-of-service attacks. Dutch privacy advocates say the law could set a dangerous precedent for government access to civilian computers. They contend that the problem is not a lack of police power but a shortage of knowledge and manpower. (PhysOrg)(Computerworld)(BBC)(Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie)

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