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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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Here is the inside scoop
By TheEinstein on 10/23/2009 3:20:33 PM , Rating: 2
I do not have much time, so I will be brief.

Those with one land line provider, who are upset with their wireless provider are skipping another provider as well. Satellite.

We live in an era of options, and yet you refuse to see that if you use your options you will ultimately win.

Yes sometimes it may seem like a choice of 'choosing the lesser evil' yet if you do such switches, vocalize why you are doing such switches to the party being left, the party be joined, and the party ignored for being laughable, you will in the end be heard.

They can try to be 'selective in their hearing' by editing out unfriendly comments, you comment elsewhere, and others post with you.

AT&T lost big on a cable internet ring in Portland Oregon, it is now owned by Comcast, because their service was so poor, their prices so high, it was more efficient to go with dialup still.

Oh so that makes a 4th option.

Net Neutrality is a foot in the door for outright governing of the internet. Various members of Obama's administration have said this would be a good goal.

I do not want the great firewall of China to grow a brother firewall over the vast majority of content of the world.

When you have choices, you can end a company for being wrong to you, it might be uncomfortable to dial down your bandwidth, but so long as you take your speed needs first, your voice comes second.

RE: Here is the inside scoop
By rdawise on 10/23/2009 9:43:59 PM , Rating: 2
You are already being "governed" by ISPs. The can deem what is appropriate (ie what you can and can't download) as well as what speeds (even the you pay for "suggested" speeds).

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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