(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Recent reports claim that legislation granting the president of the United States the power to shut down the internet will be re-introduced soon to a Senate committee.
The announcement comes days after Egypt’s government killed the internet to counter massive demonstrations in that country.
The bipartisan supported bill is being floated by Senator Susan Collins, the Republican ranking member on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The proposed legislation was presented by Homeland Security back in December but expired with the new Congress weeks later.
According to Wired, Collins claims the bill is intended to protect against “significant” cyber threats.
Collins goes on to say in an email, “My legislation would provide a mechanism for the government to work with the private sector in the event of a true cyber emergency. It would give our nation the best tools available to swiftly respond to a significant threat.”
As of now, no date has been set to re-introduce the bill to Congress as tweaks are still being made.