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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 rcc on 10/23/2009 2:21:53 PM , Rating: 3
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I'd love to see that nonsense of allowing ISP's to hold monopoly regions and open everywhere to whatever ISP wants to move in and provide services for those communities


Ok, I agree. But the answer is to get rid of those rules, not add more.


RE: What about us?
By n0ebert on 10/23/2009 2:48:54 PM , Rating: 4
As long as the rules are regulating the kinds of restrictions that ISP's are allowed to place on their customers I'm all for it.

Dropping government regulation of these companies altogether just gives them a free reign to start nickel and diming their customers into the ground while limiting their bandwidth if they're not a 'ultra premium super subscriber' and paying $400/month for the service. I exaggerate the cost, but the idea behind it wouldn't be far from the truth.

From the brief bit I've read in the proposal, the FCC isn't trying to regulate the internet, just regulate the ISP's so they don't go overboard with bandwidth caps and other anti-consumer ideas.


RE: What about us?
By rcc on 10/23/2009 7:12:17 PM , Rating: 2
Once there is free and open competition everywhere, that will creat the control. If you have a choice, you can exercise it, and that is something that the ISPs will take notice of.

ATM I have a choice of Cox, or some DSL with a tenth the speed. Give me and everyone else more options and see what happens. We need a good ISP turf war.


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