HR 896 IH (106th Congress).
Childrens' Internet Protection Act.
Re: Requiring schools which receive universal service assistance to use filtering software.
Date introduced: March 2, 1999.
Sponsor: Rep. Bob Franks (R-NJ).
Source: Library of Congress.
|H. R. 896|
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. FRANKS of New Jersey introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the `Childrens' Internet Protection Act'.
(a) IN GENERAL- Section 254 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 254) is amended by adding at the end thereof the following:
`(l) IMPLEMENTATION OF AN INTERNET FILTERING OR BLOCKING TECHNOLOGY-
`(1) IN GENERAL- An elementary school, secondary school, or library that fails to provide the certification required by paragraph (2) or (3), respectively, is not eligible to receive or retain universal service assistance provided under subsection (h)(1)(B).
`(2) CERTIFICATION FOR SCHOOLS- To be eligible to receive universal service assistance under subsection (h)(1)(B), an elementary or secondary school (or the school board or other authority with responsibility for administration of that school) shall certify to the Commission that it has--
`(A) selected a technology for computers with Internet access to filter or block material deemed to be harmful to minors; and
`(B) installed, or will install, and uses or will use, as soon as it obtains computers with Internet access, a technology to filter or block such material.
`(3) CERTIFICATION FOR LIBRARIES- To be eligible to receive universal service assistance under subsection (h)(1)(B), a library shall certify to the Commission that it has installed a technology to filter or block material deemed to be harmful to minors on its computers with Internet access and uses such technology while the computers are being used by minors.
`(4) TIME FOR CERTIFICATION- The certification required by paragraph (2) or (3) shall be made within 30 days of the date of enactment of the Childrens' Internet Protection Act, or, if later, within 10 days of the date on which any computer with access to the Internet is first made available in the school or library for its intended use.
`(5) Notification of cessation; additional internet-accessing computer-
`(A) CESSATION- A library that has filed the certification required by paragraph (3)(A) shall notify the Commission within 10 days after the date on which it ceases to use the filtering or blocking technology to which the certification related.
`(B) ADDITIONAL INTERNET-ACCESSING COMPUTER- A library that has filed the certification required by paragraph (3)(B) that adds another computer with Internet access intended for use by the public (including minors) shall make the certification required by paragraph (3)(A) within 10 days after that computer is made available for use by the public.
`(6) PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY- A school or library that fails to meet the requirements of this subsection is liable to repay immediately the full amount of all universal service assistance it received under subsection (h)(1)(B).
`(7) LOCAL DETERMINATION OF MATERIAL TO BE FILTERED- For purposes of paragraphs (2) and (3), the determination of what material is to be deemed harmful to minors shall be made by the school, school board, library or other authority responsible for making the required certification. No agency or instrumentality of the United States Government may--
`(A) establish criteria for making that determination;
`(B) review the determination made by the certifying school, school board, library, or other authority; or
`(C) consider the criteria employed by the certifying school, school board, library, or other authority in the administration of subsection (h)(1)(B).'.
(b) CONFORMING CHANGE- Section 254(h)(1)(B) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 254(h)(1)(B)) is amended by striking `All telecommunications' and inserting `Except as provided by subsection (l), all telecommunications'.
The Federal Communications Commission shall adopt rules implementing section 254(l) of the Communications Act of 1934 within 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act.