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house Bill H.R. 1307

Does the U.S. Need a Task Force to Monitor Threats Against the Open Internet?

Argument in favor

It is essential that trade policy is modernized for the digital age to support net neutrality, and could help stop domestic government spying.

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04/24/2015
Fuck Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T.
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Jay's Opinion
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06/16/2015
Free global internet. Yes!! Just make sure the military and government systems get money to completely isolate their network from the people's internet or we open up to a massive security threat.
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Jeremiah's Opinion
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06/30/2015
While I don't always agree with the decisions made by many commissions, regulatory agencies, and task forces, I do think it is important for them to exist so that they can make decisions. It's ludicrous that Internet is still controlled by the Federal Communications Commission when it is used for so much more than just communications.
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Argument opposed

The government should not be attempting to regulate the internet, and it lacks the authority to impact the availability of the internet in foreign countries.

Mike's Opinion
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04/28/2015
The government has no constitutional authority to regulate the Internet.
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Thomas's Opinion
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05/14/2015
Gives too much access to possible international terrorist.
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FaithInJesus's Opinion
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06/08/2015
So the government is going to police the Internet. The TSA sure has been doing a spectacular job. 67/70 failure rate.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1307?

This bill would establish a government task force under the Dept. of Commerce to review, prioritize, and act on attempts by foreign governments to degrade or disrupt the flow of goods, services, and/or content on the Internet. The Task Force would coordinate the activity of federal agencies to implement strategies and share timely information with the public and Internet policy groups.

The Task Force would submit annual reports and action plans to the President and Congress. It would also organize public hearings and solicit public comment through the Federal Register and the Task Force website.

This bill requires the Task Force to develop and implement strategies in response to foreign and domestic government policies that:

  • Unjustifiably or unreasonably burden or restrict international trade in Internet-related goods, services, and content;
  • Mandate or otherwise preference Internet-related technology standards and related measures;
  • Impede the free flow of information on the Internet;
  • Otherwise threaten the open, global nature of the Internet, the interests of Internet users, and the United States in Internet-related international trade and discourse.

Impact

People buying things on the Internet, fair trade on the Internet, net neutrality, government spying programs, and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1307

A CBO cost is currently unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth:

Other provisions of this bill include:

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) would be responsible for investigating acts, policies, or practices of a foreign government that raise red flags under the Trade Act of 1974The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Attorney General (DOJ) would then investigate if those acts, policies, or practices violate U.S. antitrust laws.


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AKA

Global Free Internet Act of 2015

Official Title

To combat trade barriers that threaten the maintenance of an open Internet, that mandate unique technology standards as a condition of market access and related measures, and to promote online free expression and the free flow of information.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Trade
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Consumer Protection and Commerce
      Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMarch 4th, 2015
    Fuck Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T.
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    The government has no constitutional authority to regulate the Internet.
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    Gives too much access to possible international terrorist.
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    So the government is going to police the Internet. The TSA sure has been doing a spectacular job. 67/70 failure rate.
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    While I don't always agree with the decisions made by many commissions, regulatory agencies, and task forces, I do think it is important for them to exist so that they can make decisions. It's ludicrous that Internet is still controlled by the Federal Communications Commission when it is used for so much more than just communications.
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    Free global internet. Yes!! Just make sure the military and government systems get money to completely isolate their network from the people's internet or we open up to a massive security threat.
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    With ways to stop human trafficking , make laws for Internet !use it to track terrorist , child. Pornagraphy.! Why are there no controls on the Internet?
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    A free & open internet is only in the best interest of everyone involved. It will lead to more innovation & creativity without restricting startups by keeping the playing field open to all.
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    The government needs to stay out of the internet. Less government control
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    Net neutrality is a key factor in preserving a free and open democratic society!
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    No, govern mentioned needs to address issues that were created by government and government needs to stop trying to control every aspect of American citizens. Bottom line "Stop Being So Damn Greedy"!
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    Yew all the time.
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    The internet is an open forum, a market where everyone can come together. We need an agency to keep the Internet open, fair, unbiased, safe, and implement standards. However the government has no jurisdiction or right to take control over something they have not created on the grounds of controlling "terrorism". We are all sick of that lie being used to create agencies that have the intent on creating more control of the people and reduce freedom.
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    Seems like a cover for another domestic spy program.
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    Yes, with the rise of technological threats it's about time to have a team in place to protect us from these threats.
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    Leave the Internet alone! Free market issue
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    I'm reluctant to give the government any more power to meddle in the Internet. These type of bills seem to turn into the government doing more & more spying on people. That said, the government needs to step up to insure that access to the Internet remains open and not permit the large telecoms to monopolize and restrict access according to how much one can pay. Perhaps a schedule of acceptable access fees to force the telecoms to let the maximum number of people to get online. Access is no longer a privilege, but a necessity.
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    There is no reason not to
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    Internet users will do that job better than the government.
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    No cost estimate.....No consideration.
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