Deleting Online Predators Act

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The Deleting Online Predators Act is a piece of legislation aimed at regulating media content. It provides via Universal Service Fund, a federal mandate to install blocking software on all public computers. Thusfar it has not become law, however the bill has been introduced in the 110th Congress.



The Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006 (H.R. 5319) passed the House in the 109th Congress, but the Senate never voted on it. The bill would mandate that schools and libraries receiving funds from the e-rate portion of the Universal Service Fund install filters to prevent minors from accessing "commercial social networking websites" and "chat rooms" at schools and libraries. While this measure does provide a mechanism whereby an adult may disable those filters, however, the broad language of the bill could include almost any webpage on the Internet (such as Amazon, Yahoo, Slashdot, Wikipedia). This measure would grant the FCC the regulatory power to decide which sites were to be blocked.[1]

DOPA has been reintroduced in the 110th Congress:

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  1. Summary of H.R. 5319 in the 109th Congress "Govtrack" 2006.

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