House Subcommittee Revisits Filtering Mandates
The House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet held a hearing to explore the impact of the controversial Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) on popular federal funding sources such as the "e-rate" program." Passed at the end of the last session, CIPA requires schools and public libraries to install Internet filters. In a letter to the Subcommittee's leadership, CDT pointed out the persistent constitutional flaws in CIPA, already itself the subject of two lawsuits claiming that it unconstitutionally restricts free speech values. CDT also urged Congress to give proper weight to Congress's own research group on this subject, the COPA Commission.