Republican presidential hopeful John McCain yesterday attended a technology conference and came out against Net Neutrality.
McCain said he did not think government regulation of internet service providers to stop them from censoring, slowing down, or otherwise disrupting consumer's access to the internet in order to stifle competitors or undesirable content was an appropriate solution. In fact, McCain even seemed at one point to be open to ISPs censoring consumer's internet experience to block access to competitors' services, saying at one point "When you control the pipe you should be able to get profit from your investment."
McCain's comments came at the D: Al Things Digital conference in Carlsbad, California. The annual conference is organized by the Wall Street Journal and hosted by tech gurus Walter Mossberg and Kara Swisher.
McCain later added "I'm all for the government encouraging competition, but I've found over time that less government involvement is better." In one publicized case which critics say was an example of ISP censorship, AOL censored email sent by their users which included links to the anti-AOL website DearAOL.com. After there was an outcry on the internet, AOL later claimed the censorship was unintentional and that a technical glitch somehow only effected emails including the URL.
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