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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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Worrysome
By TSS on 10/23/2009 1:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
McCain might be just as wrong as his opponents, he has 1 thing figured out though:

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calls the proposed rules a "government takeover" of the internet.

that's exactly what their doing. By adding this into the legislation:

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The proposed rules would allow ISPs to block illegal material like child pornography and spam.

A law against throttling or blocking of certain traffic allows the ISP to... block certain traffic.

In principle there's nothing wrong with trying to stop whatever's illigal. The problem is, what's legal today might not be tomorrow.

http://www.spamlaws.com/federal/index.shtml
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The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 was signed into law on December 16, 2003 by President George W. Bush.


http://www.xyclopedia.net/Child_Pornography
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By the time the first federal child pornography law took effect in February, 1978


What will be illigal, and blocked, in 3 decades time? Copywrite infringements? Anonimity? Freedom of speech? Remember, once they have the ability to block stuff only the definition of illigal needs to change for things to go terribly wrong.

i was trying to look for a appropriate thomas jefferson quote to end, but i keep finding more :P

"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it."

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."

i'd post more but by the time i'm getting to page 6/9 of quotes i'm so frickin depressed i'd better stop. he'd be very dissapointed if he'd still be alive today (going by his quotes that is).




RE: Worrysome
By Awk on 10/23/2009 4:05:40 PM , Rating: 2
Let me adjust that quote to make it easier to understand.

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The proposed rules include an exception to allow ISPs to continue to block illegal material like child pornography and spam.


They can already block illegal material like child pornography and spam. So this government takeover comes in the form of allowing ISPs to continue doing what they can already do. And then they'll come for your children and throw them in re-education camps!


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