Mexican government appears to step back from telecom, Internet limits

Mexico's ruling party appears to have stepped back from proposals to block Internet and telecom signals, following protests that ended in physical confrontations in Mexico City.

The leader of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party in the Senate says the bill won't restrict access to the Internet. Sen. Emilio Gamboa said Wednesday the law wouldn't censor Internet users.

However, a draft of the telecommunications bill that his party supports in the Senate would allow authorities to "temporarily block, inhibit or annul telecommunications signals at events and places deemed critical for the public safety."

That proposal requires telecom providers to collect data on users and turn it over to authorities.

The Mexico City Human Rights Commission said police pushed anti-censorship protesters Tuesday and manhandled the governmental commission's own inspectors.