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    49% Say Government Should Regulate Internet
    Amazingly stupid to me. First to have such a high percentage anti-freedom and then for them to think our government is in charge of the internet and could even do a good job if they tried. Hopefully this is a generational thing and the kids growing up today with internet are a little more with it.

    "Nearly half of Americans (49%) believe that the federal government should regulate the Internet the same way it does radio and television, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national survey."

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    "This national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on June 16-17, 2008 and June 16, 2008."

    I wouldn't worry too much about it. A sampling of 1000 people out of 300 million plus...
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    More regulation is bound to happen as soon as the technology is in place to make it possible. No other medium of travel, communication, or commerce is free of regulation so why should the internet be an exception. I'm not advocating regulation just saying where I think it will go in time.

    The whole idea of it as an anonymous world will disappear. I'm predicting that the technology will make it happen. Who can go to the local mall and shop in a ski mask?


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    What is the Internet? The computer at your desk is the Internet. Your neighbor's computer is the Internet. The largest corporate servers is the Internet.
    What is regulation of the Internet? Is that regulation of connection mediums? Regulation of domain naming? Regulation of ISPs? Regulation through censorship? Taxation? National security? Anyone creating such a poll or answering such a poll is ignorant of what they speak...



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    You may find that 900 of the 1000 "polleees" do not use internet. Their knowledge of internet is what they read in the newspaper..........And we all know the unbiased honest news that gets printed in newspapers.

    Problem is that this is the type of thing that gets laws passed.
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    Don't get complacent. It's polls like this that politicians use as justification for passing internet-related laws, whether they're right or not.
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    (49%) believe that the federal government should regulate the Internet the same way it does radio and television,
    Oh, good! This would mean that internet users would be required to pass a licensing test?? And I guess spamcops would issue tickets for newbies who forward inane articles to 387 people at a time??

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    As is so often the case with "polls" - this poll was very general, what you could even call "loaded" by Rasmussen, more than likely to promote an agenda and / or create news for the evening talking heads. LOL

    The poll did not get into specifics enough, as is usually the case with such polls. It goes for generalized "concept" response rather than citing a list of specific / varied aspects of the topic and then posing the questions on each.

    Knee-jerk reactions then in hand they write a story that leads readers to conclude that a scary (and growing) # of people "want the internet regulated." As soon as the "R" word is used, a truckload of conjecture is born and there ya go, another "breaking story" for the locals to broadcast.

    It is Absolutely unfortunate that government has to regulate anything, but in truth, regulations are most always the result of abuse and abuse is committed by people.
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    I think Alan Hamilton should be in charge of the internet.
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    maybe the internet should regulate the government

    whatever that means?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyfalcon
    I think Alan Hamilton should be in charge of the internet.
    Isn't he?
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    LOL, I'm too busy planning where I want to camp and fish next week, otherwise I'd be all over it!!

    Hey, they regulate camping and fishing too. Now if only I can get the Ga'ment to reg-alate Ellen
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Hamilton
    Now if only I can get the Ga'ment to reg-alate Ellen
    I've been writing my congressman for 37 years and still no action!



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    And I appreciate the help Boom, but it will probably be more effective if I write them so Ellen doesn't wonder why you are trying to get her reg-alated.
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    Ha! That went 180! Just when I try NOT to be so verbose...



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    Tells me that the general population (however skewed the poll) feels that it is necessary to protect them from criminal behavior.

    Another point in favor of an industry association to regulate ourselves. And who are *we?* Internet marketers are not the Internet.

    Boomers said it: The Internet is your computer and your neighbor's computer and that guy on the other side of the freaking world's computer ... OUR (or any other) government has no business "regulating" the Internet. All we can do is regulate our own section of the 'net to better protect our visitors and help maintain the security and opportunity of the Internet for everyone.
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    Hey, they regulate camping and fishing too.
    It already is, Alan As you well know.

    I had asked Alan about running for office on the Free Internet ticket, but I changed my mind when he gave this response: "49%??? That's over half!".
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    I think it's easy to think about the benefits that government oversight would add, while it's more difficult to think of all the ways the gov would screw things up.

    "Nearly half of Americans (49%) believe that the federal government should regulate the Internet the same way it does radio and television, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national survey."

    So... prime time Internet viewing would have to be censored for shitty foul language? I think that sucks my momma's hairy butt.

    And stations would have to have paid licenses to broadcast content, where those fees pay for the FCC (almost nothing to do with bad players, but it's all about regulating the good ones).

    Porn industry would die and we'd be back to wardrobe malfunction fines... can you imagine the governement effectively and fairly tracking down image policing policies?

    Howard Stern, off the Internet. Some may like that, but you could be next.

    This poll is a bad joke, it's biggest issue likely being that it imagines that national borders exist on the Internet like they do offline. The online thugs that people worry about are already offshore - regulating what we do here, while leaving the identity thieves free to run amuck elsewhere - makes zero sense.

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    Oh, your dough-ness. While I wholeheartedly agree that government pretty much soils everything it regulates, the issue of Ga'ment reg-a-layshon comes back to the point of origin. We can put bandaids over cuts, but eliminating the cause of the cut eliminates the need for bandaids.

    The individual internet user is the source of abusive e-acts, e-conduct that puts the issue in the crosshairs of the DC virtual day care administrators. Heck, we didn't need no stinkin regulations about food consumption until Adam bit the apple! No regulation of, or penalties for homicide were needed until Cain snuffed Able.

    Expanded government regulation of the internet would undoubtedly be flawed because they would not consult with industry experts before acting like they know what they are doing. But it is the abuses committed by we the users that create the target.

    Besides, if it got rid of porn and howard stern, it couldn't be all bad!!


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