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Submission + - Congress back on the Web Oversight Bandwagon again (washingtonpost.com)

ma1wrbu5tr writes: "Here we go. Now Congress wants to try to get back into Internet oversight, coming on the heels of the FCC wanting to redefine "broadband internet". The current language of the article suggests that it might put the kibosh on some anti-competitive practices from certain ISPs, but has undertones of more than ISP control. The writer's spin is that this is a "a move aimed at clarifying murky interpretation" when referring to parts of the 1996 Telecom Act. While I think some ISPs are perverting the very concept of a privacy policy, don't you think Congress should be more focused on fixing the giant oil slick in the gulf, or prosecuting dirty Wall Street scum? If I thought any good would actually come of federal meddling, I would give a hearty go ahead . But given the track record of those involved, a few campaign contributions would make the worst of them immune and, in the end, wouldn't help consumers (the people) at all."

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