By a vote of 307 to 116, the House passed a cybersecurity bill, opposed by various groups and some (at least 115) Democrats, that would encourage private companies to share cyber threat information with each other and the government.
The Protecting Cyber Networks Act (HR 1560) was supported by cable and telecom industry players. Earlier this week, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) had teamed up with CTIA-The Wireless Association and USTelecom to push for House passage.
They pointed out that cyber threats are growing and getting more serious and suggested Congress needs to get serious about addressing that threat.
The House Intelligence Committee last month unanimously approved the Protecting Cyber Networks Act. In addition to allowing companies to share cyber threat information, it makes it easier for them to take defensive measures to counter such attacks.
A senate version of the bill passed in the Intelligence Committee last month.
While cable and telco industry players were supportive, various groups concerned about government surveillance of communications networks were not. The ACLU, and the American Library Association had urged legislators to opposed the bill, saying "overbroad monitoring, information sharing, and use of authorizations effectively increase cyber-surveillance, while the authorization for the use of defensive measures actually undermines cybersecurity."