H.R.3458 - Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to establish a national broadband policy, safeguard consumer rights, spur investment and innovation, and for related purposes. view all titles (3)

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  • Official: To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to establish a national broadband policy, safeguard consumer rights, spur investment and innovation, and for related purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009 as introduced.
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    WhiteZombie7689 08/30/2009 1:39pm

    So, what your saying is that we should get rid of the Better Business Bureau?

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    kimitch 10/27/2009 4:40am

    “Anything the Government does can be done hundreds of times better and more efficiently by the private sector.”

    So I guess we should privatize our military, fire departments, police, coast guard, etc., too?

    Oh yeah, except then businesses will run all of it. And businesses are FOR profit (unlike the government) and are run by people who are not elected by the people of the United States of America. Yeah, I’d rather have a bunch of rich, non-elected people to run everything in my life… because at least then it won’t be the big bad government (you know, those who are elected).

    And government is not the antithesis of freedom. That’s like saying rules are the antithesis of freedom. Rules are essential to freedom (at least the kind of freedom that is good and just).

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    LeMat 10/29/2009 11:13am

    Privatized military? It’s called Blackwater and YES; they ARE better armed and more efficient (per soldier) than our military. Privatized fire departments? We have a volunteer fire dept. where I live. Police? You CAN’T because they’d have no LEGAL authority, but an armed citizenry reduces crime. Coast Guard? The Coast Guard during it’s inception was nothing more than the state militias being brought under the control of the government… a power grab. Is it any wonder why we’ve gotten dumber and dumber since schools became socialized? Don’t make me laugh…

    The Government is not for profit… are you kidding me? It’s OUR money their voting themselves raises with! Have you read their appropriations bills? Have you seen the way they spend? The very businesses you seem to resent are the BACKBONE of the American economy, and the only reason the government has any money at all is because those very businesses exist.

    Government is control — control is the anti-thesis of freedom.

  • drewgeraets 08/09/2009 10:55am
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    Here’s the full text of the bill [pdf]. How can it be added to this page?

  • dysaniak 08/28/2009 11:07am

    Without protections that I can only believe will come from the federal government and certainly NOT any private companies, the internet could easily fail to flourish as it has so far, once ISPs start eroding democratic site access. Can you imagine a world where you must pay to be allowed access to Google? Pay a little more, and you can access Facebook? All too easily. And it terrifies me. And there is MONEY to be made this way, but what does it cost US? Since there is profit in it, we cannot trust private companies to help us.

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    WhiteZombie7689 08/30/2009 1:44pm

    Here’s the thing… Do you really think that, after restricting content to force people to pay extra for full internet service, there will be a benevolent ISP that doesn’t want to put the squeeze on consumers?

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    disabledbobcat 09/14/2009 9:11am

    The problem is that in almost all areas outside of major cities, there are no other options. Where I live, it’s Comcast or dial up. I’m not satisfied with my service but what can I do? The market right now does not encourage competition because providers have virtual monopolies on huge areas.

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    LeMat 10/22/2009 12:16pm

    That’s where you’re wrong. Technologies like WiMAX exist and would become MUCH more prevalent if the free market was allowed to flourish. Let’s say Google got into bed with Comcast, and decided to offered ‘preferred’ service for Comcast customers (like YouTube, etc.). That would blow the price of Comcast out of proportion and they would be considered the ‘leading’ service provider for awhile, and prompt Yahoo! to join up with Verizon or something, locking everyone else out of the two largest search-hubs. So, it would create something of a price-war between the two supercorps, right? Nobody can compete with that!

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    LeMat 10/22/2009 12:16pm

    (cont’d from above)

    Wrong; it’s the free market. Smaller companies would jump up (ixquick) and start offering their services for free to all Internet users. Small WiFi ISPs will flourish as Google/Comcast and Yahoo!Verizon try to grab up all the content they can get their hands on. Before too long they’re huge and overly bloated… they need to consolidate as they continue hemorrhaging customers to small private entities whose customers don’t mind using the Internet without training wheels. Ever so slowly (provided there are no more unconstitutional Government hand-outs) they collapse, and nothing of value was lost.

    That’s how free markets work: the will of the consumer! The above situation I just showed you isn’t so far-fetched, btw. Just think back to the early days of dial-up and all those idiots you knew who used AOL.

    Free markets are always the path of progress; Governments are always the path of control and stagnation.

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    kimitch 10/27/2009 5:06am

    Yeah, we saw what the “free market” could do with the collapse of the housing and banking industry. And what about them airlines? What happened? They were so concerned with their bottom-line and their profit margins that they drove their businesses into the ground, and then call on the big bad government to help them to their feet and kiss their boo-boos.

    Here’s the thing about the “free market.” It isn’t free, especially without government over site. The government is composed of elected officials; people elected by other Americans. Companies are composed of people who are not elected; Americans have no say over who runs which company. So you’d rather have these non-elected people make all the rules and tell you what to do? Plus, without the government, there wouldn’t be any antitrust laws. Let’s take all that away and see how the “free market” fares.

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    LeMat 10/29/2009 11:45am
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    You ELECT a company every time you open your WALLET and buy their products or services. If you don’t like them don’t BUY them.

    You think the market was free when this happened? News Flash! Unelected people make the rules RIGHT NOW. They are called bankers and lobbyists and they OWN your erstwhile representatives. Where do you think those campaign funds came from? Obviously, you don’t even understand what a free market IS. The American marketplace hasn’t been free since FDR’s “New Deal”.

    The purpose of law is to protect property (from which come rights), and the purpose of Government is to enforce proper, Constitutional laws… but your freedoms have been usurped to such a point that I doubt you even know what I am talking about. The Government should only step once someone else has violated your property, and at NO other time.

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    LeMat 10/29/2009 11:50am

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    Yes, companies care about their bottom line. How does that violate your rights? If the Government hadn’t regulated the individual out of running their own business, you might not have to work for someone else — or borrow millions just for the attempt! The Government is in the pocket of big business because no one gives them as much money as big business. Small business is the big business KILLER because the free market self-regulates. Do you really think that small business disappeared magically and big business popped up out of nowhere overnight? If so, you are certainly delusional.

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    socalcitizen 05/26/2010 7:44am

    That’s what was said about the banks “deregulate” and look where they took us. On the other-hand telecoms, television and radio has been regulated for years with little issue.

  • Gmannygarcia 09/07/2009 7:30pm

    The consumers didn’t flee from Eron for its unethical business practices, it eventually became the job of the government to arrest and fine the corrupt executives of Enron.

    Also, the artificial sweetener, Aspartame, has managed to garner around 80% of the FDA’s complaints, and was approved by a very scandalous procedure in which the company itself basically purchased its own approval. Now, aspartame is still in outrageous amounts of food and hasn’t been run into the ground by product-conscious consumers.
    The fact is, the health and well-being of the American people cannot be left to the free market and the responsibility of the consumer, the government has a distinct role to play in making sure that the free market doesn’t spiral out of control with corruption, while the American people stand by, mesmerized by the artificial bubble they’re in.

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    LeMat 10/22/2009 12:24pm
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    Oh wow, lol, you just torpedoed your own point!

    The consumer is FREE to choose NOT to consume aspartame! The reason no one sees a problem with it is FDA’s (GOVERNMENT’s) rubber stamp of approval. That’s is the Government you want regulating the markets? You make no sense… More Government means MORE corruption. Money talks and B.S. walks in the District of Criminals.

  • Kordis 09/14/2009 12:29pm

    The free market benefits companies, not people. We The People need protecting too. I live in a metropolitan area, and similar to Disabledbobcat, I only have 1 choice for ISP that provides speeds needed today, my other option is dialup. I even checked with the satellite companies, and locally, they all offer their internet service through Comcast. If comcast decides to take a position to charge to be connected to any search engine, or to sites outside the U.S., what are my real options? If internet businesses are given free reign, we WILL lose our right to free speech, by being blocked from seeing whatever the people in charge of the companies see as detrimental to their success or as going against their beliefs, or charged for something that should be free. Remember, the internet itself could have been under the control of just a few people, but they decided to make it public domain, and they were right for doing so.

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    LeMat 10/22/2009 12:36pm

    Oh wow… the “Evil Corporations” argument. The reason these corporations have gotten so huge is that market protections were REMOVED a long time ago (such as the Glass-Steagall act) by payola from corporate lobbyists in Washington. Small business is screwed in this country, and THAT is the problem. No companies can compete with WalMart or Comcast simply because they got all the free passes in the world FROM THE GOVERNMENT and all the small business that COULD compete with them were put out of business BY THE GOVERNMENT (tax codes, zoning, etc). Government corruption is the enemy; it is no longer “of the people, by the people, for the people.”

    “That monopolies are odious, contrary to the spirit of a free government and the principles of commerce; and ought not to be suffered.”

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    rynz1rc 09/29/2009 8:08pm

    I’m a little late to the party on this issue and still trying to find my bearings, so my question is how will this bill hurt (or in your words “screw”) the consumer.

    I can understand how this bill will restrain (and possible hurt) the ISPs, I am willing to consider that it might be to an unfair extent, but I can not understand how anything within this bill will hurt consumers as you claim. More specifically, I live is small town, I have only one choice for an ISP beside dial-up. The one ISP isn’t very fast or reliable, and the price is about average. How will this bill negatively affect ME. (Not that I’m that selfish, but its the one side of this I can’t manage to see). Thanks.

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    LeMat 10/22/2009 12:42pm

    It’s called ‘Government Control’. Forgoing the fact that it remains out of their Constitutional purview (don’t even go to the Interstate Commerce Clause, because it’s nothing but BS), they have no business getting into our business at all. Do you really think Government involvement in ANYTHING will drive down costs or make things more ‘free’? Do you think they’ll stop at giving everyone ‘equal access’, or will they also need to make it ‘safe’ for us all as well? I hope you enjoy censorship with your cablemodem.

    Guess what, there’s not enough bandwidth in the Internet’s backbone (major routing paths) to give everyone broadband! Worthless service for everyone! Hurrah!

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    dabears 11/13/2009 1:40pm

    Maybe the ISP’s should invest some of the billions we’ve already given them into their infrastructure instead of trying to screw the consumer out of their internets.

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    LeMat 11/19/2009 4:22am

    How, when they are regulated to death by the very Government you want to give even more control? Most of the costs you think you’re paying to your ISPs and phone companies are hidden taxes. Google how much of your phone bill is tax sometime.

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    dabears 11/13/2009 1:42pm

    You are completely misinformed. Have you even read the proposed bill?

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    ericiscool 02/12/2010 12:24am

    who, me?

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    ericiscool 02/12/2010 12:21am

    ahh, so THAT’S why they want it shut down!. Because they realized it RUINED a commie nation!. thank you for shedding light on this, for me!.

    They’re not gettin’ any info out of me.

  • geekmom 10/21/2009 5:20am

    The free market allows companies to compete. Something like this will only allow those companies with a lot of money and bandwidth to serve their customers. All the others will be squelched. And once people can’t afford to put Internet service in their area for their community, well guess who steps in: the monopoly or uncle sam—yet owning ONE MORE piece of America that you no longer do.

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