In a surprising twist from an unexpected Senator, Unites States Senator and former Presidential Candidate John McCain has introduced a bill into the U.S. Senate that would block the proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), that would enforce mandates upon Internet Service Providers that state that it would be forced to prevent users from transmitting unlawful digital media or data over the internet. The proposal not only consists of new regulations and control over what is or could be shared online, but is set to allow the "throttling" of speed that a customer could receive if suspected of using certain protocols or means of file sharing.
The FCC introduced it's new "Net Neutrality" standards, which they have stated are to treat all web traffic equally. There are basic standards to the new proposals, such as preventing the carriers from blocking or slowing access to "legal" services or "legal" sites which offer streaming content, digital media, gaming, as well as movie and music downloads.
Not only does this mean that if the site, software, or application is hosted by companies such as Google, Amazon, or other corporations, that the ISP could not slow down the user's traffic, but it also means something far more serious, that the U.S. government would then have power over the internet, a hidden meaning to the entire proposal, which is being covered up by various propaganda.
The government controlling the internet is definitely not a good thing for the freedoms of the citizens of the United States of America, but this suggested role of "big" government could trickle down into other nations as a standard into what role the government is to play on the internet. I'm sure those of you which already have big brother breathing down your neck, do not wish to have his iron grip holding more of your day to day lives than it already does.
For those of you not already familiar with United States political parties, there are the Republicans, considered the "old-fashioned" conservative party, protecting rights such as fire arm ownership, and basic traditional values, and there is the Democrat party, which is considered the "progressive" liberal party, protecting rights such as freedom of speech, and minority rights. Both parties have their faults, the Republicans tend to be more aggressive and considered "war-mongerers" by many nations, and Democrats tend to be soft on giving into pressures from other nations, and attempt to allow "big government" to control your day to day lives.
The FCC, which is now backed by the current Democrat Presidential Administration of Barack Hussein Obama, have long been in favor of such a ruling, which would allow extreme amounts of tax revenue to pour into the government, from these "legal" online services, which would be great during this time of global recession to help bolster the nations growing financial deficit and it's climb outward from it.
Though there are many opponents of such new proposals, including wireless phone carriers, which restrict all usage and data that travels upon their airwaves. The new FCC rulings would force the wireless carriers to open their networks for the extreme data usage applications, which would push them beyond their limits for capacity, thus removing their "excellent" service to for example, iPhone customers.
The FCC rulings do not stop there, it would then completely permit ISP's to block access to "illegal" services or websites. With the controversy swirling around file sharing and the BitTorrent Protocol right now, although it has not been deemed "illegal", it's highly likely it could be considered as such, especially when it's cutting into the profit margin of the corporations the new rulings are intended to help benefit.
John McCain, former Presidential Candidate, and current Arizona State Senator, from the Republican party, has introduced the "Internet Freedom Act", the first bill of it's kind, which would keep the FCC from enacting rules prohibiting broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing any internet content or applications to benefit other companies. "Net neutrality rules would create onerous federal regulation", stated John McCain.
He continued, "My belief that net neutrality as it now stands would stifle innovation, in turn slowing our economic turnaround and further depressing an already anemic job market.” Senator McCain went on to object to the FCC regulating the wireless industry, saying that "a lack of government intervention has been central to its growth".
Although the bill has been introduced by the Republican to put a halt to the FCC's plans to "control" internet traffic, it's highly unlikely that with a majority Democratic House of Representatives, and Senate, that he could gather enough votes for it to even matter. Even more so, would it be highly unlikely that the Democratic President, Barack Obama, would ever sign such a bill, since he is a staunch supporter of Google and considered to be in close relations with Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
AT&T, one of the outspoken opponents of the FCC's plans, has publicly stated before, that they do not, will not, and have not ever throttled BitTorrent traffic. Other broadband providers however, such as Comcast, has publicly stated to the FCC that they do however throttle the traffic of file sharing, to deny the hogging of bandwidth from those users doing the file sharing, and allow more to those whom do not.
The fact that the FCC has specifically mentioned "legal" services, and the blocking of other services, should have each and every pro-p2p American concerned on this issue. This outcome could specifically determine the access to certain protocols, applications, and websites, in the Unites States.
John McCain in a press release, said that "The proposed Net Neutrality rules are a government takover of the internet, and at any cost can not be allowed. The Internet's openness has allowed entrepreneurs and innovators, small and large, to create countless applications and services without having to seek permission from anyone." The FCC chairman, Julius Genachowski, argued back stating, "The reasonable and enforceable rules of the road are needed to preserve a free and open Internet." He continued, "There have been some significant situations where broadband providers have degraded the data streams of popular lawful services and blocked consumer access to lawful applications."
Basically the FCC is making no hidden matter that BitTorrent, and other controversial methods of file sharing, can and probably will be blocked, without actually saying which protocols will be prevented after they enforce the first ever government led "censorship" of the internet in the United States of America. A nation which once boasted freedom, justice, and liberty for all, has fallen again under the pressures of the corporate America, that for the last thirty years, has determined the outcome of 99.9% of legislation that is enforced in the U.S. capitol.
I am not a Republican, nor a Democrat, I consider myself an Independent, standing up for what I believe in, but I must say, this current legislation, seems more and more like a "marxist" plot to control the internet, and strip citizens of their freedoms. Many, myself included, protested the methods of removing our rights which occurred during the Bush Administration's Presidency, but now it's becoming clear that the Obama Administration is not too far away on issues of protecting our rights. In fact, it's becoming more and more apparent each day, that the President is no longer the deciding force, but the behemoth corporate media propaganda machine, and their financial interests, are all that matters to the government of the United States of America, and they do not care whom, or what, they roll over or destroy in their quest for profit.
October 25th, 2009Posted by: Date:
Sunday, October 25th, 2009
|This is a hidden plot to control the internet, and a massive attempt by corporate interests to enforce their methods of destroying "non-profit" file sharing, to in fact, bolster their profits from the "legal" online file sharing, make no mistake about it. Props to SouLesS for first showing me McCain's stance on this matter. :) We differ in political views at times, but both strongly believe that any attempt to strip any human of his or her rights, American, or not, is a direct violation of our privacy, freedom, and god-given rights.|
|Does it surprise anyone? They want the internet censored and controlled by the mainstream media. Youtube is slowly but surely becoming a Hulutube, torrents and warez is being rooted out. We already know that McCain, who knows what torture is like, had no problem with allowing torture in the name "National Security," so his previous treatment was well deserved. Too bad that Europe is heading in the same direction. In fact the United Kingdom tends to take the lead in the corporate kleptocracy.|
|posted by (2009-10-25 13:06:23)|
|OBS you're a very busy person and again I enjoy you're writing and research. Very informative. I was surprised to hear J. McCain feels that way. Things that make you go mmmm?|
|Very nice and in depth coverage of the issue, an excellent read!!|
|xxxOBSCENExxx the most trusted name in news!|
|YOU GOTTA BE F@*KING KIDDING ME!! THAT'S IT!! I GIVE UP!! I'M MOVING TO F%&KING CANADA!!|
|posted by (2009-10-26 09:52:38)|
|it only make one thing left what in the blue h...l is next|
|posted by (2009-10-28 17:36:05)|
|Great eye openin article xxxOBSCENExxx!!|
im lucky im in canada!
but governments should not take away rights from any 1:)
Awesome read! TY!