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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Internet Regulation: H.J. Res 37

Keep Your Hands Off My Internet!

The Obama Administration has zealously campaigned for equal Internet access for all Americans, especially in areas of both rural America and in underserved U.S. cities. 

The FCC wants to regulate Internet and Broadband industries i.e. proposing that internet providers could not limit a consumers access to websites.  Then there's the issue of  Net Neutrality:  the consumer's right to use any equipment, content, application or service without interference from the network provider.

Under FCC regulation, the freedom of Internet speech as we know it, could be drastically altered.

People are divided on the issue.  Some say there is too much "freedom" on the Internet.  Since the Internet invasion, there have been more hate crime web sites, white supremacist sites, and porn sites than ever before.  

Perhaps there needs to be regulation there.

But people like James Valvo, Director of Government Affairs for the Americans for Prosperity, an organization that claims to mobilize citizens as advocates in the public policy process, has come out in support of blocking the FCC's proposed plan to regulate the Internet.   "The explosion of investment, innovation and adoption in the Internet and IP-enabled devices is the greatest free market success story of our time. By any measure there is no market failure that necessitates government intervention", writes Valvo in a letter to Congress.

The Obama Administration "strongly opposes House passage of H.J. Res. 37", saying the resolution does nothing but "undermine a fundamental part of the Nation’s Internet and innovation strategy", and "facilitates innovation and investment, protects consumer choice, and enables free speech."

A letter from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cites that "disapproval of the rule would threaten those values and raise questions as to whether innovation on the Internet will be allowed to flourish, consumers will be protected from abuses, and the democratic spirit of the Internet will remain intact."

The President plans to veto regulation that would not safeguard the free and open Internet.

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