Lamar Smith and the Internet

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  • Allowed telecom monopolies to provide internet service

    Allowed telecom monopolies to provide internet service
    Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001: Voted to allow telecom monopolies to enter the high-speed Internet access market via their long-distance connections whether or not they have allowed competitors into their local markets as required under law. Bill HR 1542 Image Credit
  • Voted against Net Neutrality

    Voted against Net Neutrality
    Voted NO on HR 5252 Amendment 987, which would have prevented Telecoms from implementing "pay-to-play" restrictions on internet speed and removed the Telecom monopoly on providng internet service. Infographic Image Credit
  • Granted Warrantless Surveillance Immunity to Telecoms

    Granted Warrantless Surveillance Immunity to Telecoms
    Voted YES on HR6304, which granted immunity to those organizations engaged in warrantless surveillance Image Credit
  • Smith Introduces HR1981

    Smith Introduces HR1981
    HR1981 requires ISPs to track temporarily assigned network addresses (and potentially allows them to track other sensitive information). Retention of this information could have serious civil liberty consequences. Source Image Credit
  • Smith introduces SOPA

    Smith introduces SOPA
    Allows the U.S. Department of Justice to seek court orders to stop online ad networks and payment processors from doing business with foreign websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement without due process. Source Infographic Image Credit
  • Feb. Markup of SOPA scheduled

    Feb. Markup of SOPA scheduled
    Despite widespread opposition to the bill, Lamar Smith feels confident in scheduling the legislation for markup in February. Source Image Credit
  • Blackout SOPA protests

    Blackout SOPA protests
    13 million people, 400,000 phone calls, and countless e-mails defeated a bill - 85 congresspeople immediately voiced their opposition as a result. Infographic Image Credit
  • SOPA is withdrawn

    SOPA is withdrawn
    But Smith maintains: Congress cannot stand by and do nothing while American innovators and job creators are under attack. Source Image Credit
  • Smith on SOPA: Start Over

    Smith on SOPA: Start Over
    In an interview, Lamar Smith says of SOPA "we need to wait and start over" [Source](we need to wait and start over)
  • SOPA protest "misinformed"

    SOPA protest
    Lamar Smith: "The language in the bill may have been aimed at taking on foreign piracy, but the definitions of foreign and domestic web sites in the original bill meant that it could be used to target a U.S. web site as well, if that U.S. web site was registered with a foreign domain name registrar." Source Image Credit
  • Moneybomb to Unseat Lamar

    Moneybomb to Unseat Lamar
    A grassroots organization holds a moneybomb to air their TVspot in Lamar Smith's district. Help them make this happen!
  • Lamar Smith loses his primary race

    Lamar Smith loses his primary race
    Smith couldn't shake the stigma of sponsoring SOPA - He came in a distant third in a three way race Image Credit