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Podcast: Trump Vs. Clinton – Internet Policy

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Show Notes

Dennis and Joel have a lengthy discussion about the difference of opinion between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on issues concerning the Internet. Below are various links and information regarding topics discussed on today’s episode.

Net Neutrality Rules the FCC enacted

  • No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind—in other words, no “fast lanes.” This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates.


  • Trumps Tweet – Obama’s attack  on the internet is another top down power grab. Net neutrality is the Fairness Doctrine. Will target conservative media.

The Fairness Doctrine–an FCC policy from the late ’40s that said broadcasters must present issues in an honest, equitable, and balanced way–was eliminated in 1987. It has nothing to do with Net neutrality.

As one pundit noted, “How keeping the Internet accessible to everyone is somehow a power grab, or how it will somehow oppress conservatives, is beyond us. The Fairness Doctrine required equal time for opposing views; Net neutrality allows any idiot to use the Internet however he so chooses, without having to pay extra fees in order for people to actually see it..”

Clinton –  Co-sponsored a bill in 2007 to attempt to fix the FCC original mistake in 2005

•Broadband service providers shall not interfere with the ability of any person to use a broadband service to access or offer any lawful content via the Internet;

•only prioritize content or services based on the type of content or services and the level of service purchased by the user, without charge for such prioritization.

Clinton pledged to defend the FCC’s net neutrality rules in court and continue to enforce them.

U.S. Internet Transition Plan of ICANN

  • The U.S.  U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration has been stewarding the  Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the nonprofit entity that controls the critically important Domain Naming System (DNS), which is responsible for coordinating the domain name hierarchy and IP addressing for the entire Internet.
  • The Commerce Department’s June 10, 1998 Statement of Policy stated that the U.S. Government “is committed to a transition that will allow the private sector to take leadership for DNS management.”
  • On October 1st   The US Commerce Dept. relinquished its stewardship of  ICANN which was really symbolic.  ICANN  has used a multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance consisting of various engineers, academics, businesses, non-government and government groups from all over the world. This is a standards and protocols body to ensure the proper creation of Internet Names and addresses. To say that the U.S. is giving up control of the internet is ridiculous and shows a complete ignorance of what the internet even is from a technical standpoint. https://www.yahoo.com/tech/us-cuts-cord-internet-oversight-113602357.html

Snopes article on the ICANN – http://www.snopes.com/2016/08/19/america-to-hand-off-internet/

SOPA – http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/17/technology/sopa_explained/

Clinton plan https://www.hillaryclinton.com/briefing/factsheets/2016/06/27/hillary-clintons-initiative-on-technology-innovation/

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