H.R. 6551 (112th): To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to ensure that security is taken into account in certain ...

...efforts related to the interconnectivity of telecommunications networks, and for other purposes.

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Sep 21, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6551

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 21, 2012

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to ensure that security is taken into account in certain efforts related to the interconnectivity of telecommunications networks, and for other purposes.

1.

Security considerations in certain telecommunications network in­ter­con­nec­tiv­i­ty efforts

Section 256 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 256) is amended—

(1)

by striking used to provide telecommunications service each place it appears;

(2)

by striking providers of telecommunications service each place it appears and inserting providers of telecommunications;

(3)

in subsection (a)—

(A)

in paragraph (1)(B), by striking ; and and inserting a semicolon;

(B)

in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following:

(3)

to assist in fostering the development of essential information security technologies and capabilities for protecting telecommunications networks, including comprehensive protective capabilities and other technological solutions;

(4)

to assist in efforts to mitigate supply chain vulnerabilities in telecommunications networks; and

(5)

to support nationwide awareness of and outreach efforts to educate the public about—

(A)

threats to the security of tele­com­mu­ni­ca­tions networks; and

(B)

ways to mitigate such threats.

; and

(4)

in subsection (b)(1), by inserting , including the security of such networks before the semicolon.