Net Neutrality Regs vs. Constitutional Amendment for Internet Freedom

Lora Bentley
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Phase 2 in the Republican "War on the Internet" will be delayed for a few more days, Huffington Post blogger Art Brodsky said in Thursday's post.

 

The subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives considering a Resolution of Disapproval against the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules will not hear testimony on the matter until March 9. The vote will follow shortly thereafter.

 

No matter how long it takes, though, Brodsky says the legislators in the House will not only pass the resolution, they will ultimately pass legislation prohibiting the FCC from adopting or enforcing net neutrality rules in the future. (Even if such a measure were to pass the still-Democrat-controlled Senate, it's unlikely President Obama will approve it. He has long been on the record as a net neutrality supporter.)

 


On the opposite side of a similar debate sits Burson-Marsteller CEO Mark Penn. In another Huffington Post blog, he advocates passing a Constitutional Amendment to protect Internet freedom. Noting the role the Internet has played in recent revolutions around the globe, Penn writes:

Anything as powerful as the Internet is something that governments irresistibly will try to control over time -- they are at the heart of our communications here and abroad. We have urged others to say hands off -- how about committing the US to the same position for the next 200 years in the only ironclad way we have -- a 21st Century Constitutional Amendment on Freedom of the Internet.

Likening the Internet today to the free press in the past, Penn points out that the First Amendment "does not explicitly cover social networking or the Internet any more than it covers shut downs of the phone system or TV broadcasting ... And ... it makes no sense to leave these things to chance."

 

Whether the net neutrality rules are enforced or not, and regardless of whether a constitutional amendment becomes reality, I have a feeling this debate will always be around in one form or another.



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Mar 4, 2011 5:22 AM James Waldrop - HostMyCalls Hosted PBX Service James Waldrop - HostMyCalls Hosted PBX Service  says:

Republican "War on the Internet"?? The rhetoric on this debate is clearly out of line. Unfortunately, the whole debate is a waste of time and a lost cause. The Internet, as we perceive it, will not change regardless of who wins this misguided net neutrality war and massive distraction. If all of this time, energy, focus and money (that is being wasted on the net neutrality debate) was focused on broadband proliferation, the impact on the US over the course of the next generation would be tremendous. Instead, we fight over nothing.

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