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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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By A5un on 10/23/2009 11:25:05 AM , Rating: 3
Does McCain even know what the "internet" is? Last time I heard, he barely started twittering...and he's probably handing his secretary a piece of paper with hand-written tweets. It's hard for me to swallow when we've got people in politics that for the most part can be considered fossils who've got insufficient knowledge or know-how when it comes to the internet.

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By Taft12 on 10/23/2009 11:37:39 AM , Rating: 3
Hey I'll have you know some of those tweets were typed on his typewriter before being handed to his secretary!

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By stubeck on 10/23/2009 11:57:44 AM , Rating: 2
I doubt he's even doing the tweets. 95% of what people in the public sector "write" is not their own work at all.

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By Suomynona on 10/23/2009 12:18:24 PM , Rating: 2
I remember one his staff members during the campaign last year saying that he is "aware of the Internet." So while he probably has a very limited understanding of its usefulness and how important it is to the daily lives of most Americans, he is aware that it exists!

I don't understand why he would be so eager to be pushing this issue when he doesn't even use the Internet himself. You'd think that people would know when to STFU when an issue that they have limited understanding of comes up rather than trying to lead on it. Maybe he just doesn't want the telecom money to stop flowing?

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By Bateluer on 10/23/2009 1:16:59 PM , Rating: 2
I've been following Senator McCain on Twitter for months. Unless his secretary is attached to his hip, he's tweeting himself.

Now, the number of times he had to ask for assistance, I don't know. :p

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By DotNetGuru on 10/26/2009 2:27:48 PM , Rating: 2
I've been following Senator McCain on Twitter for months

Wow, you must hate your life.

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By Parhel on 10/23/2009 2:27:14 PM , Rating: 2
Does McCain even know what the "internet" is? Last time I heard, he barely started twittering...

So using Twitter is essential to a proper understanding of the Internet???

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