House Bill Mandates Colleges Make Plans for Network Filtering

I bet you were feeling pretty happy with Congress a little bit ago. Get ready to go back to normal! The College Opportunity and Affordability passed the House today (sounds good so far, right?), but it carries a provision that forces schools to make plans for network filtering mojo and a legal alternative to P2P file-sharing.

Luckily, the provision doesn't have much in the way of teeth right now, but an amendment to safeguard schools' federal funding if they don't comply was pulled yesterday, so it could quickly grow some. Just another reminder of why gov't peeps who know tech and aren't easily confused by slick lobbying are important. [Ars Technica]