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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: Feeding the Trolls
By Parhel on 10/23/2009 2:22:05 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty much any non help desk level person with a technical job is make quite a bit more than the average American.

That depends on what type of help desk. Depending on the cost and complexity of the product and the level of knowledge required, support can pay quite a bit.

Sure, PC / Windows type support might pay $8 - $10 for level 1, $12 - $14 for a senior type. But call support for an enterprise level system, and you're talking to someone who makes $60K - $80K.

I'm not saying this just to be a contrarian. For those who are working the "help desk," it's good to know there's a career ladder.

RE: Feeding the Trolls
By HrilL on 10/23/2009 2:27:42 PM , Rating: 2
help desk was my way of saying entry level. Enterprise level would be more of a network administrator and systems administrator. But titles are what they are. Just titles.

RE: Feeding the Trolls
By Yawgm0th on 10/23/2009 5:54:40 PM , Rating: 2
Sure, PC / Windows type support might pay $8 - $10 for level 1, $12 - $14 for a senior type.
Just to be contrary (not serving any greater point), I've never even heard of a helpdesk job at these price points. When I got in, standard entry level was typically $13-$14 if you were actually providing any kind of technical support. Now, even in this economy, it's more like $15+ from what I've seen.

I certainly would recommend any qualified starting IT profession look for a helpdesk job paying $14/hour at a minimum.

But call support for an enterprise level system, and you're talking to someone who makes $60K - $80K.
That is true in limited scenarios. Very few helpdesk jobs even got to $60,000, much less $80,000. For those that do, you generally don't get there by staying at a helpdesk for years on end.

IMO a gainfully employed IT professional ought to seek to leave the helpdesk as soon as possible and work towards something more hands-on in whatever sub-field they like best. Even in the economy of 2009 this is generally feasible.

RE: Feeding the Trolls
By Parhel on 10/25/2009 6:22:15 PM , Rating: 2
I think we're defining "help desk" differently. I'm right in the middle of the $60K - $80K range, and I'm basically in a customer support role.

We have to know SQL and PL/SQL, and we're regularly involving ourselves our customers projects and writing custom code, but we're still first and foremost a support team. We're not above walking someone through a level one Windows problem or showing someone how to do a password reset.

And, believe it or not, when I started this job a few months ago, what really sold them on me wasn't my SAP or Oracle background. It was the two years I did desktop support for 3Com back in college! I know there are a lot of people who work the help desk and feel it's a dead end, but it really isn't.

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