Oh God, John McCain Is Introducing A Bill About The Internet
The hottest topic among nerds in recent weeks/years has been that of Net Neutrality, the backers of which would like consumers to have free reign over the Internet as opposed to, say, telecom companies determining what shit you get to look at, for how much, and at which speeds, forever. The FCC is moving forward on preparing new rules preserving Net Neutrality, which has made the telecom lobbyists FURIOUS, meaning it's probably a good thing that the FCC is making these news rules! The lobbyists have found as their spokesman on this issue a certain John "WALNUTS!" McCain, who knows most things about the Internet and insists that these new regulations will be bad for 'Merka. He has introduced a bill called the "Internet Freedom Act," which would keep the Internet free for poor corporations, as opposed to those well-moneyed "average consumer" special interests.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced a bill in the Senate on Thursday that would effectively allow Internet service providers to slow down or block Internet content or applications of their choosing.
The move came the same day as the federal government decided to move forward on an official Net neutrality policy that would prevent ISPs from making those types of decisions.
The FCC's new rules would prevent ISPs, for example, from blocking or slowing bandwidth-hogging Web traffic such as streaming video or other applications that put a strain on their networks or from charging different rates to users.
McCain's bill, the Internet Freedom Act, would block the Federal Communications Commission from making Net neutrality the law of the land. The rule preventing ISPs from slowing down certain types of content would create "onerous federal regulation," McCain argued in a written statement.
It's the Battle over the Internet! As a rule of thumb, it's best to side with the non-John McCain/Republican/corporate lobbyist side.
McCain introduces bill to block Net neutrality [Raw Story]