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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 ebakke on 10/23/2009 3:53:04 PM , Rating: 1
The problem is that there are many people out there that do not have a choice in their provider (myself included) and canceling the service means no internet whatsoever.

Bogus. I simply do not believe you only have one option for connecting to the Internet. You might only have one option that's good enough for your desires, but to claim you only have option is absurd.

RE: What about us?
By Awk on 10/23/2009 5:13:30 PM , Rating: 3
Where I live, in an affluent suburb of a large city on the West coast, I have a choice between very fast but very feature-gimped Comcast or 144k IDSL. Or dialup!

This is not a competitive marketplace. These things do not compete with each other any more than a car dealership and a bicycle shop compete with each other.

RE: What about us?
By michael67 on 10/24/2009 6:20:59 PM , Rating: 2
It's nice to live in the Netherlands if i am reading post like this,

We have a oversight of the telco's (OPTA), by a independent department of the government like the FCC, that keeps the playing field level for all party's.
It make sure that we don's get over prized, but also that smaller company's don't get over run by the big ones.
We have now one of the best infrastructure in the word if it comes to telecommunications.
And personally i think we have to thank the OPTA for this, by steering the market the right way and promoting competition

The result of the work you can see here:
And here:

And on mobile prizes here:

RE: What about us?
By CommodoreVic20 on 10/23/2009 5:28:26 PM , Rating: 2
Where I live in North Carolina, I have only one fast internet choice, ATT DSL, thats it. Believe me I've tried to find alternatives and there are none. Its a DSL connection from ATT or dial-up. I know plenty of people in similar situations across the U.S.

Much to my surprise my company tried getting fast internet service in the Atlanta area and there weren't too many choices.

Whether you are aware of this or not, internet service in America keeps quickly falling behind many other countries world wide. It goes without saying how important it is for any country to have fast and affordable internet access to all of its citizens. Just like the health well being of Americans, our internet access will soon fall off the top 100. But don't take my word for it, go read our 'progress' on the matter.

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