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McCain Bill Would Ban FCC Internet Regulations

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Chloe Albanesius
PC Mag
Friday, Oct 23rd, 2009

It was good while it lasted.

Just when it seemed like net neutrality stakeholders had reached a cautious consensus on Thursday’s proposed Federal Communications Commission rules, our favorite maverick stepped in with an idea of his own.

Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, introduced a bill Thursday that would prohibit the FCC from enacting rules that would regulate the Internet. The FCC “shall not propose, promulgate, or issue any regulations regarding the Internet or IP-enabled services,” according to the bill text.

Exceptions are made for national security, public safety, to assist with actions taken by a federal or state law enforcement agency, or to ensure the solvency of the universal service fund.

The bill 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 said in a statement. “Keeping businesses free from oppressive regulations is the best stimulus for the current economy.”

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