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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 Taft12 on 10/23/2009 11:33:06 AM , Rating: 5
Government intervention IS needed to eliminate de-facto monopolies (whose networks were subsidized by tax breaks and even publically funded in many cases).

How many cable and DSL internet providers are available to YOU?

RE: What about us?
By GotDiesel on 10/23/2009 12:35:30 PM , Rating: 2
ONE.. and only ONE.. It's a monopoly, it sux ass and I have NO choice.. way to go America..

RE: What about us?
By HrilL on 10/23/2009 12:42:03 PM , Rating: 2
Just one for me too. When there is no competition government regulations are needed.

RE: What about us?
By rcc on 10/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: What about us?
By TSS on 10/23/2009 12:47:20 PM , Rating: 2
As i've understood it (mostly from the discussion on this website though),didn't the de-facto monopolies came from government regulation in the first place? feel free to correct me if i'm wrong though.

RE: What about us?
By HrilL on 10/23/2009 1:01:10 PM , Rating: 3
Yes they did but that was given to the local municipalities to decided what company they wanted to allow rolling out a network and it is up to them now to let other companies roll out networks but that is not going to happen because the current companies lobbyist already own our local politicians.

What a lot of people seem to over look is that that was created by the same industry that now has control of the market. They lobbied hard to get that government mandate. The put it up as an ultimatum "it will be too costly to build out a network if we're not given an area with no competition."

RE: What about us?
By omnicronx on 10/23/2009 1:38:20 PM , Rating: 2
You do realize telcos are in their current situation because of government intervention ;)

RE: What about us?
By allometry on 10/23/2009 4:55:49 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry, government intervention is not needed. These companies have invested heavily in infrastructure and you selfishly believe that that their infrastructure is owned and controlled by the people. Don't take your line for granted. A lot of resources went into providing a backbone to your home.

I have two providers that are available to me. I'm working on ideas to change that. What are you doing?

RE: What about us?
By alphadog on 10/24/2009 11:28:27 AM , Rating: 2
Net Neutrality would not change the current state of competition (or lack thereof), ownership of infrastructure or anything else. Either you don't realize it, or you are just manipulating the discussion.

What it will prevent is abuse of The People, much like freedom of speech allows you to pretty much say anything you want.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
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