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February 10, 1998

McCain-Hollings Net Smut Bill Introduced

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Carvin @ 2:11 pm

Senators John McCain and Ernest Hollings have just
introduced a bill in congress that would require any school or library
receiving e-rate subsidies to block internet smut from the web. The NY
Times has an article at

http://www.nytimes.com/library/cyber/week/021098education.html

The bill is cosponsored by Patty Murray and Dan Coats. The bill in itself
is fairly short; I’ll post it below…
S 1619 IS
105th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 1619
To direct the Federal Communications Commission to study
systems for filtering or blocking matter on the Internet, to
require the installation of such a system on computers in schools
and libraries with Internet access, and for other purposes.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 9, 1998
Mr. MCCAIN (for himself, Mr. HOLLINGS, Mr. COATS, and
Mrs. MURRAY) introduced the following bill; which was read
twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and
Transportation
A BILL
To direct the Federal Communications Commission to study
systems for filtering or blocking matter on the Internet, to
require the installation of such a system on computers in schools
and libraries with Internet access, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of
Representatives of the United States of America in
Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. NO UNIVERSAL SERVICE
FOR SCHOOLS OR LIBRARIES THAT FAIL
TO IMPLEMENT A FILTERING OR
BLOCKING SYSTEM FOR COMPUTERS
WITH INTERNET ACCESS.
(a) IN GENERAL- Section 254 of the Communications
Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C 254) is amended by adding at
the end thereof the following:
`(l) Implementation of a Filtering or Blocking System-
`(1) IN GENERAL- No services may be
provided under subsection (h)(1)(B) to any
elementary or secondary school, or any library,
unless it provides the certification required by
paragraph (2) or (3), respectively.
`(2) CERTIFICATION FOR SCHOOLS-
Before receiving universal service assistance
under subsection (h)(1)(B), an elementary or
secondary school (or the school board or other
authority with responsibility for administration
of that school) shall certify to the Commission
that it has–
`(A) selected a system for computers
with Internet access to filter or block
matter deemed to be inappropriate for
minors; and
`(B) installed, or will install as soon as
it obtains computers with Internet
access, a system to filter or block such
matter.
`(3) CERTIFICATION FOR LIBRARIES-
Before receiving universal service assistance
under subsection (h)(1)(B), a library that has a
computer with Internet access shall certify to
the Commission that, on one or more of its
computers with Internet access, it employs a
system to filter or block matter deemed to be
inappropriate for minors. If a library that makes
a certification under this paragraph changes the
system it employs or ceases to employ any
such system, it shall notify the Commission
within 10 days after implementing the change
or ceasing to employ the system.
`(4) LOCAL DETERMINATION OF
CONTENT- For purposes of paragraphs (2)
and (3), the determination of what matter is
inappropriate for minors shall be made by the
school, school board, library or other authority
responsible for making the required
certification. No agency or instrumentality of
the United States Government may–
`(A) establish criteria for making that
determination;
`(B) review the determination made by
the certifying school, school board,
library, or other authority; or
`(C) consider the criteria employed by
the certifying school, school board,
library, or other authority in the
administration of subsection
(h)(1)(B).’.
(b) CONFORMING CHANGE- Section 254(h)(1)(B)
of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C.
254(h)(1)(B)) is amended by striking `All
telecommunications’ and inserting `Except as provided
by subsection (1), all telecommunications’.
Thoughts anyone? -ac

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