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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: Come on Senator!
By GodisanAtheist on 10/26/2009 2:05:44 PM , Rating: 1
I hate the republican platform and a lot of the crap the republican party pulls. Theoretically, I have an alternative to the republican party in which to cast my vote. Unfortunately that alternative, the democrats, are equally stupid and perhaps even more incompetent.

To make matters worse, there is no viable 3rd party in the US thanks to voting laws being written by the two entrenched and established parties, meaning a 3rd party has to have a lot of support before it can become official (and paradoxically, must be official before it can garner any support). Simply put, the cost of entry is too high.

Now I could just not vote and call it a day. The idea of not voting is repulsive to me, I have to vote to see what change I could possibly enact. Since there is no viable 3rd party to really vote for, I have to cast my vote for whichever of the two major stinkers is less crappy in that particular election cycle. This, of course, doesn't actually result in any meaningful change or progress, because the party I voted (or did not vote for) for has no way of discerning which of their policies I support and which I absolutely detest. Nothing changes and everything stays the same.

In short, if you are happy with the two party system in the US, you could potentially be happy with "not being oppressed" by two service providers.

If you made it through that torturous analogy, have yourself a cookie.


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