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Verge: Sen. Dianne Feinstein is worried net neutrality might help the terrorists

Posted by Soledad Vega on Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:11

You can file this under 'absurd' or 'absolutely 100% not true' – your choice.

Article by Rusell Brandom for The Verge

In a remarkable feat, internet providers have apparently succeeded in making the net neutrality fight about terrorism. In a newly-published letter delivered to the Federal Communications Commission in May, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) raised concerns that the new net neutrality rules might be used to shield terrorists. In particular, Feinstein was concerned that Dzhokar Tsarnaev had studied bomb-making materials on the internet — specifically, online copies of AQAP's Inspire magazine — and that many broadband providers had complained to her that net neutrality rules would prevent them from honoring any orders to block that content.

It's quite a bind, and in the letter, Feinstein entreats FCC chair Tom Wheeler to assure providers that it isn't true. The senator acknowledges that there are laws against material support for terrorism, and Title II only applies to legal web traffic, but "nonetheless, there is apparently confusion among at least some broadband providers on whether they may take such actions in order to promote national security and law enforcement purposes."

- Read more at The Verge