The Internet is a method of communication and a source
of information that is becoming more popular among those who
are interested in, and have the time to surf the information
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The problem with this much information being
accessible to this many people is that some of it is deemed
inappropriate for minors. The government wants censorship,
but a segment of the population does not. Legislative
regulation of the Internet would be an appropriate function
of the government.
The Communications Decency Act is an amendment which
prevents the information superhighway from becoming a
computer "red light district." On June 14, 1995, by a vote
of 84-16, the United States Senate passed the amendment. It
is now being brought through the House of Representatives.
The Internet is owned and operated by the government,
which gives them the obligation to restrict the materials
available through it.
Though it appears to have sprung up
overnight, the inspiration of free-spirited hackers, it in
fact was born in Defense Department Cold War projects of the
1950s. The United States Government owns the Internet and
has the responsibility to determine who uses it and how it
The government must control what information is
accessible from its agencies.
This material is not lawfully available through
the mail or over the telephone, there is no valid
reason these perverts should be allowed unimpeded
on the Internet.
Since our initiative, the
industry has commendably advanced some blocking
devices, but they are not a substitute for
Because the Internet has become one of the biggest sources
of information in this world, legislative safeguards are
The government gives citizens the privilege of using
the Internet, but it has never given them the right to use