John McCain's "Internet Freedom Act" Seeks to Block FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

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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]


i know this is a blog - but sometimes Gizmodo really fails to take an objective view. There are pros/cons to everything - Net Neutrality might be great for those that torrent or escape cable bills by watching Hulu. And sure, there is some hypothetical/theoretical arguments to be made about preventing ISPs from blocking website (i.e google or CNN in extreme instances). But at the same time - is Hulu or Torrenting really worth enduring broadband caps and an industry that no longer believes it is worthwhile to invest in the network backbone. If you all want to suffer through 7 mbps internet for the next 20 years, by all means, continue championing net neutrality so you can get away with stealing movies and music. #netneutralityjohnmccain