Congressman Proposes Bill to Ban Internet Laws- For Awhile

Posted by · November 28, 2012 12:16 pm

A congressman from California has proposed a bill that would place a two-year suspension on any new laws governing the Internet.
The Internet American Moratorium Act (IAMA), by Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, would prevent bills like this year’s Protect IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act from being considered for the next two years.

Rep. Darrell Issa on RedditIssa took to Reddit yesterday to invite the online community to participate in a discussion of suggestions for the bill today. He posted his discussion as “AMA” (Ask Me Anything), which implores Redditors to post honest, bold questions in the spirit of unearthing as much information as possible on a given topic.
“Together, we can make Washington take a break from messing w/ the Internet,” reads his the title of his post. As of this writing, over 2,300 comments had been left.

Unfortunately, the comments revolve around questioning Issa’s political motivation rather than the content of the bill. The weirdly specific two-year length of the ban is leading some to believe that Issa is just making a political move to win over voters for a Republican Congress in 2014. He was called out on his support of CISPA, which he responded to with a thread he commented on six months ago.  However, that appears to be the extent of his responses thus far.

Gizmodo’s take on the idea berated Issa for the proposition, calling him out for pursuing lawmaking that prevents lawmaking.
“Open internet, that’s a good thing. But a law that keeps congress from governing? That’s not a good thing,” they criticized.

If Rep. Darrell Issa is trying to win over the Internet, he’s got a long and difficult journey past calling himself one of us on Reddit.

  • Given the speed at which the Internet and related services have been evolving, a two year moratorium is not necessarily bad. It would allow time for greater clarity in terms of where the evolution is headed, its social impacts, etc. To try and regulate a space that is changing this fast is full of risks to the freedoms that we have enjoyed and to on going developments, so, if this or any other Congressman or Congresswoman is willing to sponsor a moratorium, then I fail to see what is so bad about it. In the end, Congress can always revoke it, so it only makes it more difficult, not impossible, for regulations to move forward.

    • K_C

      Exactly. We’d all be much better off if the politicians didn’t try to ‘help’ us so much. Also, if he had been a (D) instead of an (R) then those same people would have been cheering the idea.

  • Raiderwolf

    “Open internet, that’s a good thing. But a law that keeps congress from governing? That’s not a good thing,” they criticized.

    Idiots at Gizmodo are not capable of considering that not all congress governing is good. Typical leftist, the government, their master, can do nothing wrong, unless it’s a Republican doing it, of course.