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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: Come on Senator!
By HrilL on 10/23/2009 12:39:03 PM , Rating: 3
They did take our money to build out their networks. Public money and some ISP's are after more of that money that was in the stimulus package.

IPS's are like scam companies. While the price they pay for bandwidth has gone way down. They continue to create networks that slow your traffic, block connections, and applications. They route traffic over unused routes that go out of the way and cause us to have horrible latency so they can make their operating costs cheaper while they screw us over.

There is no competition in my area. I can get Cox or 3G wireless (It says its not for a main pipe) So really I got one choice. While they internet is not a right it is something I need in order to live. I do a lot of work over the internet so canceling my service is not an option.

Also why should my ISP be allowed to block smtp, http, and ftp ports? While my connection is not commercial, what if I want to run my own exchange server and ftp for personal use? Cox has even told me I can't have a personal file server because they don't allow servers on their network. They need to get with the times. They've told me I can't host game servers to play games with friends. The list goes on my friend.

We need these kinds of rules to protect us from our evil ISP's that are only after more and more money while they screw the consumer more and more. Maybe you should take your head of the clouds and see what is really going on.

Cox has even come out with how they manage traffic on their network. They admit to slowing some types of connections in order to provide better service overall. This just is not the case in my area. My node is never close to full capacity. I've tested this with friends and neighbors connections and my own. Maxing them all with http traffic since they put a high priority on that type of traffic proving there is plenty of overall bandwidth but then you start a p2p connection and they go slow still with clearly plenty of bandwidth available. Uploading is what they slow down the most though. There system makes gaming suck as well. Now if you download a file from a http host cox maxes the speed it goes and if someone else on the same connection is trying to game their latency jumps to 400ms. This never happened before they started "managing traffic" My overall view has been that my service has degraded because they treat most of my traffic as second class and low priority. The internet is more than just http for some of us...

RE: Come on Senator!
By Bateluer on 10/23/2009 12:44:46 PM , Rating: 2
You bring up a number of very interesting points, of which I only have the time to get into one.

The fact that the large telco's BUILT these networks using TAXPAYER money, and then turn around and try restricting customers to minimal usage only really angers me.

RE: Come on Senator!
By rdawise on 10/23/2009 9:29:46 PM , Rating: 2
Bateluer is 1000% on the money. You tax money did go to build their networks. The money they use now is meant to "maintain" or "upgrade" the networks YOU paid for. Net neutrality is needed to an extent.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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