New U.S. Push to Regulate Internet Access
Oh good! Since some of the major internet businesses are on board, this legislation must be friendly to the free market! We do not need government to regulate and determine “neutrality” any more than we need it opening the doors to increased censorship and control over websites. It’s ironic we think “internet neutrality” can be regulated and controlled by a government that has never proven itself to be neutral. Companies who want “net neutrality” must adjust or switch internet providers, rather than lobby government to prop up the industry to their liking. This legislation would merely open the door to government abuse over internet freedom, choice, and privacy.
WASHINGTON—In a move that will stoke a battle over the future of the Internet, the federal government plans to propose regulating broadband lines under decades-old rules designed for traditional phone networks.
The decision, by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, is likely to trigger a vigorous lobbying battle, arraying big phone and cable companies and their allies on Capitol Hill against Silicon Valley giants and consumer advocates.
Breaking a deadlock within his agency, Mr. Genachowski is expected Thursday to outline his plan for regulating broadband lines. He wants to adopt “net neutrality” rules that require Internet providers like Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. to treat all traffic equally, and not to slow or block access to websites.