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Resolved: The government should regulate the internet

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Started: 2/18/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Thank you in advanced for accepting this debate.

Here is the structure:
Round 1: Acceptance only, save definitions for your case
Round 2: Opening cases, no refutation of arguments in this round
Round 3: Rebuttals, do whatever you want
Round 4: Second Rebuttals, do whatever you want
Round 5: Final words, no new arguments or sources

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I accept this argument
Debate Round No. 1


Opening case:
For this debate, I will go through a variety of reasons why government regulation would be harmful. If regulation would do more harm than good, it should not happen. Argument will be weighed later in the round.

Argument one: speed
Government regulation of the internet would make internet speed far slower for users. Looking at an article from the dailycaller, internet speed would be drastically reduced by government regulation. The impact here is large: slowing down of the internet for everyone.

Argument 2: productivity
Government regulation would set the internet far behind private industries resulting in a productivity loss.
"Congress ended common carrier regulation of railroads in 1976, trucking and bus lines in 1980, and airlines in 1984. The common carrier Public Switched Telephone Network is becoming obsolete and being transitioned out of existence because it makes no sense to invest in it, given its unworkable burden of a thousand obsolete common carrier regulations. Common carrier regulation of broadband would threaten the growth and productivity of the communications revolution of broadband, smartphones, tablets and the Internet of things." [1]
"That's understandable but the idea that the government will do a good job of regulating the Internet (whether by blanket decrees or on a case-by-case basis) is unconvincing, to say the least. The most likely outcome is that regulators will freeze in place today's business models, thereby slowing innovation and change. " [2]
This shows that government regulation likely won't be effective and that it will harm innovation.

Argument 3: morals
This will be an opinion-only argument, though it is important none-the-less.
For many, the internet is a place of refugee. The internet is a place where all the stresses of daily life are released into an area of care-free. People deserve this zone where actions don't have consequences. In this world, so many actions have so many consequences, yet being able to use the internet without the fear of the government's eyes should be a right.

Argument 4: public opinion
Only 26% of adults agree with government regulation [3]. Clearly the public doesn't want regulation which is one reason it shouldn't happen. In addition, only around 30% think that the regulation done is done effectively [3]. This means that even if the public were to be convinced of government regulation being beneficial, they would not think that it would be done well.

Argument 5: Why a solution for no problem?
The internet runs smoothly as is, if there is nothing wrong, it doesn't need to be regulated [4]. When regulating would slow down the internet and harm the economy [4], while it doesn't solve any problem (as none exists), it would be pointless at best to regulate the internet.



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Debate Round No. 2


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Debate Round No. 3


Vote con!


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Debate Round No. 4


Why on earth did I make this a 5 round debate??
Extend arguments.


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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by KonstanBen 1 year ago
Posted by Shrek_sDrecKid 1 year ago
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