"That's the concern of some digital rights groups, who fear that
last week's sweeping cybersecurity bill could give the government
overly broad power to regulate the Internet in times of crisis --
or even pull the plug on it entirely.
"One group, the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT),
quickly lashed out at the Senate bill for aiming to give the
"federal government extraordinary power over private sector
Internet services, applications and software."
"The bill, introduced by Commerce Committee Chairman John
Rockefeller, D-W.V., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, aims to strengthen
coordination between the public and private sectors in response to
Internet threats, but the CDT fears that it goes too far."