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H.R.5353 Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008, 110th Congress

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  • Latest Action: May 06, 2008 Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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  • 92% of users support H.R.5353

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    • On February 14, 2008, by LakeSolon - The full text is actually very short so I encourage you to read its entirety. It has three main points: First to amend the 1934 Communications Act to include some policies which state that "to maintain the freedom to use for lawful purposes broadband telecommunications networks, including the Internet, without unreasonable interference from or discrimination by network operators" is a good thing. And similar statements. Second to require the FCC to assess various things such as how harmful the restrictions providers apply to a user's network connection are. F'ex Comcast forging 'reset' packets to break BitTorrent. Third to require the FCC to hold multiple summits on the topic, include a wide range of input (including on the internet as well as live events), and report the results to congress. I actually think it's a reasonable conservative step forward on what is an extremely complicated issue. I'm for it.

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      As noted by LakeSolon, a user on OpenCongress.org, on February 14, 2008, "The full text is actually very short so I encourage you to read its entirety. It has three main points: First to amend the 1934 Communications Act to include some policies which state that "to maintain the freedom to use for lawful purposes broadband telecommunications networks, including the Internet, without unreasonable interference from or discrimination by network operators" is a good thing. And similar statements. Second to require the FCC to assess various things such as how harmful the restrictions providers apply to a user's network connection are. F'ex Comcast forging 'reset' packets to break BitTorrent. Third to require the FCC to hold multiple summits on the topic, include a wide range of input (including on the internet as well as live events), and report the results to congress. I actually think it's a reasonable conservative step forward on what is an extremely complicated issue. I'm for it."
    • On September 30, 2008, by jdawkins - I voted nay. Here's why: I see the potential in the language for the government to censor content delivered via the Internet by deem it unlawful. See the language in section 4.2 paragraph A items i and ii. This language sounds good until something important to you is deemed unlawful - such as the free exchange of ideas that is vital to a free society. It's all fun and games until someone's eye gets poked out ... or their civil liberties revoked. Let the free market regulate and ensure that the consumers interest is upheld. It's up to you and I to protect ourselves from service providers who don't have our best interests in mind.

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      As noted by jdawkins, a user on OpenCongress.org, on September 30, 2008, "I voted nay. Here's why: I see the potential in the language for the government to censor content delivered via the Internet by deem it unlawful. See the language in section 4.2 paragraph A items i and ii. This language sounds good until something important to you is deemed unlawful - such as the free exchange of ideas that is vital to a free society. It's all fun and games until someone's eye gets poked out ... or their civil liberties revoked. Let the free market regulate and ensure that the consumers interest is upheld. It's up to you and I to protect ourselves from service providers who don't have our best interests in mind."
    • On February 13, 2008, by Sparhawk2k - Ok, so I for Network Neutrality in general and if this is the best they can do right now I guess it might be a good start. I'm just worried about this being passed and then held up as an excuse for not needing anything better later. And I have seen some arguments showing that putting it in the hands of the FCC could allow them to respond quicker to adapt to what is needed. That's assuming we have somebody in the FCC who will actually do something though...

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      As noted by Sparhawk2k, a user on OpenCongress.org, on February 13, 2008, "Ok, so I for Network Neutrality in general and if this is the best they can do right now I guess it might be a good start. I'm just worried about this being passed and then held up as an excuse for not needing anything better later. And I have seen some arguments showing that putting it in the hands of the FCC could allow them to respond quicker to adapt to what is needed. That's assuming we have somebody in the FCC who will actually do something though..."

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    • Noura Erakat: The Tea Party and Race in America - November 02, 2010 by Noura Erakat - The "war is making you poor" act: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5353/show. Co-sponsored by tea party icon Ron Paul. Oh here is again, "Barney Frank And Ron Paul Join Hands To Call For Military Budget Cuts" ...

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      As noted by Noura Erakat on November 02, 2010, "The "war is making you poor" act: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5353/show. Co-sponsored by tea party icon Ron Paul. Oh here is again, "Barney Frank And Ron Paul Join Hands To Call For Military Budget Cuts" ..." (/url?q=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/noura-erakat/the-tea-party-and-race-in_b_777989.html&sa=U&ei=EszcT86tMcW42wX8i4S1DQ&ved=0CCIQmAEwAQ&usg=AFQjCNFrqXbrCPxPrn297EVVLq-HfO1GCg)
    • Noura Erakat: The Tea Party and Race in America - November 02, 2010 by Noura Erakat - 110 Fans. Excellent article, Ms. Erakat! If only more commentators followed your example and highlighted the puppet-master role that the Koch brothers and their fellow plutocrats have played so deftly. I'm not sure to what extent others ..... The "

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      As noted by Noura Erakat on November 02, 2010, "110 Fans. Excellent article, Ms. Erakat! If only more commentators followed your example and highlighted the puppet-master role that the Koch brothers and their fellow plutocrats have played so deftly. I'm not sure to what extent others ..... The &quot" (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/noura-erakat/the-tea-party-and-race-in_b_777989.html)
    • H.R.5353: War Is Making You Poor Act - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress - May 19, 2010 by opencongress.org - This bill would eliminate $154 billion of supplemental war funding from the 2011 budget and use the savings to give all U.S. citizens an income tax credit. According to Rep. Grayson, the savings would be. -

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      As noted by opencongress.org on May 19, 2010, "This bill would eliminate $154 billion of supplemental war funding from the 2011 budget and use the savings to give all U.S. citizens an income tax credit. According to Rep. Grayson, the savings would be. - " (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5353/show)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Senate Hearing on Net Neutrality Raises New Piracy Concerns - June 08, 2008 by The Heartland Institute, IL - Lawmakers of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet entertained arguments regarding Chairman Ed Markey's bill (HR 5353) that would ...

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      As noted by The Heartland Institute, IL on June 08, 2008, "Lawmakers of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet entertained arguments regarding Chairman Ed Markey's bill (HR 5353) that would ..." (http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=23353)
    • Two Telecom Bills Form a United Front Against Discrimination - May 12, 2008 by Public Knowledge Tech News and Comment, D.C. - This bill provides a nice complement to HR 5353, the “Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008,” introduced by House Telecom Subcommittee Chairman Ed ...

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      As noted by Public Knowledge Tech News and Comment, D.C. on May 12, 2008, "This bill provides a nice complement to HR 5353, the “Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008,” introduced by House Telecom Subcommittee Chairman Ed ..." (http://www.publicknowledge.org/node/1567)
    • Writers Guild, West steps up fight for internet freedom - May 09, 2008 by Business of Cinema, India - Speaking on behalf of the Guild, three-time Emmy Award-winning writer-producer Steven Peterman testified in support of HR-5353, the Internet Freedom ...

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      As noted by Business of Cinema, India on May 09, 2008, "Speaking on behalf of the Guild, three-time Emmy Award-winning writer-producer Steven Peterman testified in support of HR-5353, the Internet Freedom ..." (http://www.businessofcinema.com/news.php?newsid=8277)
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