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Senator John McCain has introduced Internet Freedom Act of 2009 as alternative to FCC regulations

Net neutrality is one of the top technology topics that President Obama has focused on for his first term and was one of his big topics while campaigning. Obama feels that the neutrality of the internet must be maintained, as does the FCC.

The FCC voted to begin drafting rules yesterday that would require ISPs to treat all web traffic the same. The proposed rules would prevent ISPs from blocking or slowing the bandwidth available to high demand traffic like streaming video or other applications that can strain networks. The proposed rules would allow ISPs to block illegal material like child pornography and spam.

Republican Senator John McCain has introduced legislation that would block the FCCs proposal for regulating the neutrality of the Internet. The AFP reports that McCain said, "the Internet Freedom Act of 2009 [will keep the internet] free from government control and regulation."

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said, "reasonable and enforceable rules of the road [are needed] to preserve a free and open internet." Genachowski points out that these rules are needed because of "some significant situations where broadband providers have degraded the data streams of popular lawful services and blocked consumer access to lawful applications."

Naturally, companies that make their money from the internet are supporting the FCC's proposal. These companies include Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and several other internet firms. McCain calls the FCC's proposal "onerous federal regulation" and calls the proposed rules a "government takeover" of the internet.

ComptuerWorld also reports that McCain does not support including wireless broadband providers in the net neutrality rules saying, "[The wireless industry] exploded over the past 20 years due to limited government regulation."

McCain said of his Internet Freedom Act of 2009, "Today I'm pleased to introduce the Internet Freedom Act of 2009 that will keep the Internet free from government control and regulation. It will allow for continued innovation that will in turn create more high-paying jobs for the millions of Americans who are out of work or seeking new employment. Keeping businesses free from oppressive regulations is the best stimulus for the current economy."

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RE: What about us?
By Yawgm0th on 10/23/2009 11:16:15 AM , Rating: 2
And what about keeping users free from oppressive ISP restrictions?

Government regulation is not worse than ISP regulation. The "cancel your service" free market argument doesn't work because the ISP industry consists entirely of regional oligopolies if you put it euphemistically.

Senator McCain is wrong about the wireless industry as well. A single player would have almost certainly taken over the entire market by now if it weren't for government regulation. Unlike ISPs, cellular providers have actual incentives to and the ability to compete. ISPs don't, so without net neutrality we will almost certainly see ISPs run amok with their pricing schemes. It won't help the country -- just ISP's bottom lines.

RE: What about us?
By Taft12 on 10/23/2009 11:35:44 AM , Rating: 3
McCain is incredibly off-base about the wireless industry - it has exploded because of technology improvements and the birth of a service that did not previously exist.

RE: What about us?
By Yawgm0th on 10/23/2009 12:21:49 PM , Rating: 2
That too.

Frankly, McCain is about the next politician I would expect to hear a "series-of-tubes" speech from. I think having a well-informed enough opinion of telecommunications market to legislate said market requires actually having some understanding of how that market works.

McCain is setting himself up to be the next Ted Stevens. I'm just waiting for an analogy even more epic than the "series of tubes".

RE: What about us?
By Parhel on 10/23/2009 1:51:20 PM , Rating: 3
I like McCain, but he does seem a bit out of touch with this.

RE: What about us?
By intelpatriot on 10/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: What about us?
By alphadog on 10/24/2009 11:35:36 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, I agree. So let's work together to keep it free like other guarantees we have in the US. Let's make sure there are laws that allow me to access whatever information I want when I want without having to pay more because Comcast is sticking it to the website I am trying to access.

That way, we can all come together and ensure we keep the American ability to be at the forefront of technology.

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