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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 allometry on 10/23/2009 4:47:44 PM , Rating: -1
I understand the point you are making, but this is a dangerous path to follow.

First off, calling any ISP a monopoly disregards the investment in infrastructure for that ISP. Where I live, we've got two shitty options: Comcast and Qwest. Regardless of the options, the same is true for these two companies; they both own their own lines.

While I am sympathetic to ridiculous charges set fourth by these ISP's in their ToS, I am not sympathetic to the idea of treating their lines as if they were owned by the government. They are not!

We as a people must decide whether or not we are going to allow a privately owned set of lines to have the quality of service determined by the company who owns said lines, or by an overarching entity like the government.

I don't believe it's worth the trade-off. While I have my issues with the aforementioned companies, I much rather deal with them, than deal with the government. I respect private property too much to allow something like this to go through.

A solution I would like to see is one that belongs in the private sector. A business model that purchases the lines in between the provider and customer. That business would then sell available bandwidth over the line that could then be connected to a provider. This method would simply allow providers like Comcast to dole out internet, and leave the lines to another entity. Make it so the customer leases the line and they choose where they are get their net from. This would allow new business to be built that provide access to the internet and even have it tailored for certain roles (gaming, surfing, chat, etc.)

RE: What about us?
By Ananke on 10/23/09, Rating: -1
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