When the FCC voted to formalize net neutrality guidelines yesterday, it took minutes for the cable industry to bitch about plans to forbid them (and wireless carriers) from selectively blocking types of Internet use. Surprise! McCain's not a fan either.
He's introduced the "Internet Freedom Act", which would block the FCC's rulemaking process. He says the rules would create "onerous federal regulation", and constitute a "government takeover" that would stifle innovation.
"Today I'm pleased to introduce the Internet Freedom Act of 2009 that will keep the Internet free from government control and regulation," McCain said. "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."
I'm trying to keep politics out of this, but apparently his view of "Internet Freedom" refers to big business freedom, not Joe public (or Joe the plummer). It's strange, because I always thought that thriving competition was the best way to boost jobs and protect us consumers. Apparently not.
Lest we forget: Mac or PC? "Neither, I am an illiterate that has to rely on my wife for all of the assistance I can get." His words, not mine. Even if you don't agree with the FCC, is this really the right guy to oppose them? [Computerworld]