The Internet has been open and freedom-enhancing since it was spun off from a government research project in the early 1990s. Its nature as a diffuse and dynamic global network of networks defies top-down authority. Ample laws to protect consumers already exist. Furthermore, the Obama Justice Department and the European Commission both decided this year that net-neutrality regulation was unnecessary and might deter investment in next-generation Internet technology and infrastructure.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will attempt to expand government's reach into the Internet by attempting to regulate its inner workings.The FCC says Rules are needed to ensure that the Internet remains open and free, and to discourage broadband providers from thwarting consumer demand.Rules are needed, the argument goes, to ensure that the Internet remains open and free, and to discourage broadband providers from thwarting consumer demand.
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