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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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Regulation?
By myhipsi on 10/26/2009 8:01:10 AM , Rating: 2
While the idea of net neutrality on it's face is a laudable goal, one aspect of it concerns me:

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The proposed rules would allow ISPs to block illegal material like child pornography and spam.


Notice they don't stop at "illegal material" but make sure they throw in "like child porn and spam", two illegal aspects of the internet that people loath.

What this is designed to do is to turn off the logical, rational part of your brain for the emotional part which just says "yes, anything to get rid of the child porn and spam". What they aren't telling you is that "illegal material" will be defined as anything copyrighted. Say goodbye to bit torrent and news groups for starters. They'll also propose monitoring email to take care of the spam and God knows what else.

When the FCC and a boat load of major corporations are looking for "regulation", it's never a good thing for the consumer. This is a bill being packaged to look like it's a wonderfull thing for the consumer, but I think if it goes through it will systematically kill the free and open internet we have today.

I think before we make any judgements on this bill, we should read it because I've got a feeling that this is an internet control bill in the guise of protecting the consumer.




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