Net Neutrality in the US Under Fire

By Veni Markovski
Veni Markovski

John McCain has introduced a new legislation at the US Senate, which is called Internet Freedom Act.

"Today I'm pleased to introduce 'The Internet Freedom Act of 2009' that will keep the Internet free from government control and regulation," said Senator John McCain. "It will allow for continued innovation that will in turn create more high-paying jobs for the millions of Americans who are out of work or seeking new employment," McCain continued. "Keeping businesses free from oppressive regulations is the best stimulus for the current economy.

I agree with the statement about the governmental control and regulation — we've done exactly this in Bulgaria, and the results are stunning (for the US user): today Bulgaria ranks No. 1 among the EU in number of users per capita who are connected to the Internet at speeds above 100 Mbps (in the US, the typical connection speed is 3 Mpbs), or 30 times faster than the US, and in many cases, people are connected via fiber, at 1000 Mbps, or 300 times faster. Yet, Bulgarians pay only a fraction of what the US users pay. All this is because of the competition, which was made possible through the change of political will, followed by change of the legislation, created and supported by the Internet Society of Bulgaria.

PC World reports the name of Mr. McCain law does not reflect the contents:

"McCain's bill, the Internet Freedom Act, seeks to do the opposite of what its name implies by ensuring that broadband and wireless providers can discriminate and throttle certain traffic while giving preferential treatment to other traffic. Basically, those in power or those who pay more will have better access. Apparently we have different definitions of 'freedom'."

I will try to reach out to Mr. McCain, and see that he got the facts straight.

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Related topics: Broadband, Net Neutrality, Policy & Regulation, Telecom

Comments

Freedom The Famous Brett Watson  –  Oct 23, 2009 6:25 PM PDT

Apparently we have different definitions of 'freedom'.

Everyone is pro-freedom — they just have wildly incompatible ideas about who should be free to do what to whom.