The Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act
(CBDTBA) - S. 2048
On March 21, 2002, Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, introduced the CBDTPA. to the United States Senate.
The bill's purpose is "to regulate interstate commerce in certain devices by providing for private sector development of technological protection measures to be implemented and enforced by Federal regulations to protect digital content and promote broadband as well as the transition to digital television, and for other purposes."
Legislation regarding this technology (which has been referred to as "Policeware" by some opponents) is considered by many to be a severe threat to the freedoms enjoyed by Americans. Both the concept of government mandated policeware being forced into US homes and businesses, and the jailing of those who tamper with or refuse to run this policeware on their own private computers, seems completely contrary to both the letter and spirit of our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Perhaps of greatest concern is the uncertainty regarding what ELSE this techology will monitor and to whom it will be transmitted.
Review this legislation for yourself and formulate your own opinion. If you have concerns regarding legislation such as this becoming law, then please communicate your opposition to your US Congressmen/women. Take A Stand.
Please download and review the information in the wordpad document below. Included are URLs for:
- reviewing the entire text of the proposed legislation
- articles discussing the issue
- petitions opposing the legislation, and
- information regarding contacting your Congressional representatives
The information on this site regarding the CBDTPA was submitted by CTC group member Ed Graham. Thanks for the keeping us informed, Ed.
CBDTPA Info Text