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McCain Wastes No Time Trying to Block Net Neutrality Rules

Lora Bentley

We all knew this was coming, given the furious campaigning on both sides in the net neutrality debate before the Federal Communications Commission took a formal vote on the issue. PCWorld.com reports that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., presented a bill Thursday that would "prohibit the FCC from governing communications."

 

The bill, called The Internet Freedom Act, purports to prevent the FCC or any other agency from proposing or issuing "any regulations regarding the Internet or IP-enabled services." It sounds good on the surface, but remember that without the current proposals, those with more power and money would be able to control who uses what and when on the Internet.

 

Such a measure has been introduced before, but didn't last long.

 

And most ironically, as writer Tony Bradley points out:

Oddly, the bill also contains text stating that any regulations in effect on the day before the Internet Freedom Act is officially enacted are grandfathered in and exempt from the provisions of the Internet Freedom Act.

So, he goes on to explain, if the FCC promulgates the proposed regulations before the Internet Freedom Act is signed into law, they will remain in spite of that law.


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