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Oregon Senator Stops Internet Censorship Bill 315

Posted by timothy
from the west-coast-style dept.
comforteagle writes "Senator Wyden of Oregon has objected to a bill in committee that if passed would have given the government the ability to censor the Internet. His objection effectively stop its current passing, forcing it to be introduced again if the bill is to continue — which it may not. Oregonians, please send this man pats on the back."
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Oregon Senator Stops Internet Censorship Bill

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  • Re:Anbody want to (Score:5, Informative)

    by Sprouticus (1503545) on Saturday November 20, 2010 @12:44PM (#34291664)

    "George Washington is said to have told Jefferson that the framers had created the Senate to "cool" House legislation just as a saucer was used to cool hot tea. "

    http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/Senate_Created.htm [senate.gov]

  • by fyrie (604735) on Saturday November 20, 2010 @01:27PM (#34291908)

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20101118/10291211924/the-19-senators-who-voted-to-censor-the-internet.shtml [techdirt.com]

            * Patrick J. Leahy -- Vermont
            * Herb Kohl -- Wisconsin
            * Jeff Sessions -- Alabama
            * Dianne Feinstein -- California
            * Orrin G. Hatch -- Utah
            * Russ Feingold -- Wisconsin
            * Chuck Grassley -- Iowa
            * Arlen Specter -- Pennsylvania
            * Jon Kyl -- Arizona
            * Chuck Schumer -- New York
            * Lindsey Graham -- South Carolina
            * Dick Durbin -- Illinois
            * John Cornyn -- Texas
            * Benjamin L. Cardin -- Maryland
            * Tom Coburn -- Oklahoma
            * Sheldon Whitehouse -- Rhode Island
            * Amy Klobuchar -- Minnesota
            * Al Franken -- Minnesota
            * Chris Coons -- Delaware

  • Re:actually (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 20, 2010 @02:31PM (#34292264)

    Here's an interesting read from Malcolm Gladwell about why the Internet actually hinders revolutions.

    Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted. [newyorker.com]

  • Re:So confused (Score:5, Informative)

    by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968@NOsPAM.gmail.com> on Saturday November 20, 2010 @05:35PM (#34293332) Journal

    As someone under the new caps being "test marketed" and soon coming to you, let me tell what life without net neutrality is like and what it results in. You have a cap of 36GB residential and 76GB business. Vonage counts against the cap, the cableco VoIP doesn't. Result? I don't use Vonage. MSFT Windows Update doesn't count against the cap, Mac and Linux does. The result? I wouldn't buy a Mac and while I used to like trying new distros I don't mess with Linux anymore. Youtube and Netflix has "made a deal" so that their services don't count against the cap, while other video sites do. Result? It just got a lot harder for a competing video site to gain traction here.

    Get the picture? Without some sort of common carrier rules you end up in a situation like I'm in, where the cableco can make THEIR offering attractive while everyone else looks bad because they will cost you extra. It also allows them to "herd you" towards the services they approve of, by punishing you (at $1.50 per GB if you go over) if you don't stick to approved services. It is the walled garden all over again, only thanks to the fact many of us live with either no choice or a duopoly that refuses to compete with one another (my only choice is DSL where they made it clear they have NO intention of upgrading the 40+ year old lines here, which means 200KB max speed) so without some sort of basic rules you have tilted the game even farther against competition.

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