McCain Joins With Beck to Slam Net Neutrality as Government Takeover

October 23, 2009

(ChattahBox)—In line with Republican opposition to any government regulatory control over corporate interests, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced a bill in the Senate on Thursday to block the new Net neutrality rules proposed by the Obama administration. McCain falsely called the Net neutrality safeguards to protect consumers, a “government takeover” of the Internet.

He joins Fox News pundit Glenn Beck, who recently condemned Net neutrality rules, as an Obama administration “Marxist plot,” to “control content.”

The FCC’s new rules are designed to protect consumers from the practice of ISPs, blocking or slowing high-bandwidth Web traffic, such as YouTube and other applications and from improperly charging customers different rates based on their Internet usage.

Ironically, the Net neutrality rules are designed to prevent telecoms and cable companies from taking over a user’s Internet experience, by censoring or blocking content, which is something McCain and Beck are bizarrely accusing the government of doing.

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski noted that, “reasonable and enforceable rules of the road” were needed “to preserve a free and open Internet.” 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,” Genachowski added.

McCain calls his bill, the Internet Freedom Act, or in other words, Allow Corporate Interests to Trample on the Rights of Consumers Act. The Senator from Arizona claims Net neutrality rules would create “onerous federal regulation,” that would establish a full-scale “government takeover” of the Internet.

McCain said his bill “will keep the Internet free from government control and regulation.”

“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. Keeping businesses free from oppressive regulations is the best stimulus for the current economy,” McCain added.

McCain’s ironically named bill, the Internet Freedom Act, is just one more example of Glenn Beck’s bizarre rantings making their way into Republican lawmakers’ ill conceived policies in Congress.



2 Responses to “McCain Joins With Beck to Slam Net Neutrality as Government Takeover”

  1. K. Sullivan on October 23rd, 2009 3:24 pm

    Neither one of them even know what the bill is about, they just know the President is favor of it and that is all they need to hear. I am for the Net Neutrality bill too, so I can go where I desire on the net and not be charged or restricted. The IPS’s are trying to grab the power to charge for open access so this is really needed. McCain had best seperate himself from Beck, and he could read the bill before commenting…….

  2. ExRepub on October 26th, 2009 1:39 pm

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