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Weekend Gedankenexperiment - The Kill Switch

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On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 10:07 PM, George Bonser <gbonser at seven.com> wrote:

> The federal government clearly has the authority to manage
> communications across the border of the country and between states but
> it would be questionable if the federal government has the authority to
> manage any communications completely within a state.  Do they have the
> authority to tell me to turn down a connection that terminates within
> the same state that I am in?
> Sure, they would have the authority to tell me to turn down any
> international tunnels I might have running or a point-to-point that
> crosses state lines but I doubt they have the authority to tell me to
> turn down a cross-connect terminating in the same building.  That would
> be the jurisdiction of state authority, not federal.

I am making no argument to the contrary.

But I should caution you that there are forces at work currently which are
making motions to federalize this authority.

I think we all should be deeply concerned -- some of this
pandering/politicizing/scar-mongering can have ill effects.

- - ferg

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