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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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Illegal material?
By HighWing on 10/23/2009 6:07:39 PM , Rating: 2
The proposed rules would allow ISPs to block illegal material like child pornography and spam.

This is just an open door trick that can later be used to still block what ever they want!

Now maybe I missed something but when was spam deemed illegal? I know there are laws about selling illegal products this way, and getting and sending the spam in illegal ways. But it's my understanding, that for the moment being, there is such a thing as legal spam. Furthermore the very definition of spam could very easily be extend to something as simple visiting a website more often then an ISP deems as normal. ie your "spamming" the site by visiting it more often then they claim an average person would... your blocked from visiting it!

Then of course there is the use of the word "neutrality". I don't care how you justify it, the very act of allowing the blockage of "anything", illegal or not, is no longer being neutral!!! Lets face reality here, they first draft it to say they are blocking illegal activities. However, once it passes with the hole allowing them to block something, how easily would it really be for them to later go back and just "add" things to the list of allowable material to block? ie: lets say bit torrent traffic because it is known to contain illegal material? With the door wide open it won't take them long to through everything they can through it. Now do you see why this is a problem?

RE: Illegal material?
By Awk on 10/23/2009 6:40:44 PM , Rating: 2
I'm going to repeat myself here, because I think it's important:

ISPs can already do this . The FCC is not granting any new filtration powers with these rules.

The article is poorly worded. The quote in question is referring to exceptions in the (potential) new rules, so that anti-discrimination rules don't prevent desirable (to the consumer) discrimination. The sky is not falling, save your excitement for when it inevitably does.

RE: Illegal material?
By HighWing on 10/26/2009 5:30:17 PM , Rating: 2
I understand that, and You missed the point of my post. Right now Yes ISP's can block traffic at will. But for the moment being ISP's have not done much as it is kinda a gray area and bad PR when discovered.

My point was that if it does become legal for them to block "some" stuff, then the door might as well be open for them to block anything. And at that point we won't be able to do anything about it.

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