A House subcommittee will vote Tuesday on a bill that is aimed at preventing U.S. companies from assisting foreign regimes in removing internet freedom.

From The Hill:

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) has been pushing the Global Online Freedom Act for several years, but the issue has gained more attention after countries including Egypt and Syria began shutting down Internet access and blocking websites to quell popular uprising.

Pakistan sparked an international outcry earlier this year when it began publicly soliciting proposals for technologies that would allow it to block its citizens from accessing objectionable Internet content.