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."
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
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."
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."