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  • Yes to regulating the Internet.

    We tend to spend more time on the Internet than NEEDED, taking our time away from other things that need our attention such as: chores, repairs around the house, outdoor activities that would be beneficial to our health, and most importantly FAMILY. People are losing face to face interactions and our communications are becoming more impersonal. So yes, the government should regulate the Internet.

  • I hope so.

    There is a lot of garbage floating around the internet that is begging to be regulated. Most sites should just be deleted completely. Uneducated, illogical, mental case, bottom feeding, fecal matter of our society can put anything on the internet and anyone can see it. This greatly degrades the internet of any actual purpose. So yes, I agree. Our government should regulate the internet.

  • Absolutely, Positively, Yes!

    Imagine this: a five-year messing around on a computer clicks a random link by mistake. Moments later, this previously innocent child has been infiltrated with pornography. Do we really want to let this continue happening? I for one DO NOT!

    Another issue is the accessibility that everyone, including criminals, has to personal information. Identity theft is so easy nowadays with social media that I'm sure criminals are committing the easiest crimes ever! Web hacking, web viruses, etc. are another huge problem.

    We NEED the government to step in and help us not only in reality, but also in the virtual world.

  • Definitely need to

    A lot of people do pornography on the internet even when not searching for it. You do realize it ruins relations with you, your wife, and God the father, right? Pay attention to what you click on before you enter it in with unnecessary things you KNOW you should not do.

  • We should be careful about what "Regulation" means...

    No, I do agree with censorship of the internet. However, please read about how certain cities are faced with ISP monopolies, high prices, and poor service with unreasonable data caps. It already sounds like the ISPs are censoring us, by allowing their own content to have priority over other sites like Netflix and YouTube. These are the things that government should be regulating, so that the public gets efficient internet service, regular upgrades that these companies have already been overpaid for (i.E. Fiber-optic cable and speeds that other countries see for MUCH LESS money), and a bill that customers don't feel cheated over every month. Please take time to read about David Cay Johnston and his view on these issues.

  • Yes, regulation is starting to look like the best option.

    Without regulation there is really no way of dealing with criminal activity taking place on the internet. And I am not talking about illegal file sharing - that is the least of our problem and will mostly be solved by new services. Criminals are now using anonymity on the internet to move money, pay and charge each other, with crimes varying from child porn to drugsmuggling and worse (you imagine). Also - freedom of speach does not necessarily mean anonymity - if your posts are displayed publicly - you should be able to stand by them. What you say in a private chat is up to you, but when posting on a open forum, you should be held responsible for what you say. So out with anonymity and in with responsibility !
    PS! I would like to post this anonymously if possible ;)

  • Yes gov should

    It's to easy for anyone to access sites that are illegal. Some people are weak minded when it comes to porn. The more they see the more that want to see. Poem addiction is one of the worst. So yes regulate illegal sites and don't use it as a trap for mental weaknesses

  • The government should be able to regulate the internet.

    The internet is a dangerous place, full of porn, identity thefts, and cyber-bullying. If the government were to regulate the internet, they would be able to close down many sites full of porn, and ensure that people's identities are safe from hackers. Remember, ANYONE can post things, even if they are under the influence, have a mental problem, or are even criminals. The internet can also help people track down different criminals from cases that the police need clues for.

  • The government should be able to regulate the internet.

    The internet is a dangerous place, full of porn, identity thefts, and cyber-bullying. If the government were to regulate the internet, they would be able to close down many sites full of porn, and ensure that people's identities are safe from hackers. Remember, ANYONE can post things, even if they are under the influence, have a mental problem, or are even criminals. The internet can also help people track down different criminals from cases that the police need clues for.

  • Yes, but don't prevent people's rights to freedom of speech.

    We the people have the right to freedom of speech. However, It can be limited in a case of threat. If anything said online causes an immanant threat, the government should know. However, If the government tries to take the right to freedom of expression away by regulating the internet, that would be a time when the government should be limited in the overseeing of the internet.

  • What's the point on this?

    The government needs to stop focusing on what people are doing online and start focusing more on what is going on around them that are threats to the country. Someone who wants to commit an act of violence most likely wouldn't be telling the world, they would just do it. Only people online these days are too busy on social networks, watching online television or busy playing games. Those don't sound threatening enough to try and regulate.

  • The internet is not one "thing" to control

    The internet is only connections, imagine for a second that if the Chinese government ended your call every time you said something that one of them didn't agree with. The internet isn't all these websites, each of those websites is simply what some computer allows you to access, essentially the government wants jurisdiction over all computers regardless of who owns it or what country they are from. The internet is simply the sharing of information, anything that can be "pirated" is simply information in the form of binary, if you want control of information don't tell people(its Legal everywhere to have a secret). Anything that can be "leaked" you've already told someone.
    Suck it up america dont go around telling secrets and expect nobody to know.

  • Internet Should Be Free

    Being an American I like to keep my rights and freedoms, because of this, I do not believe the government should regulate the Internet. I equate this equally with other activities in my life, like I do not believe my country should regulate the type or brand of shampoo I use. The Internet does not belong to the government and they should not get involved.

  • The government should never

    The Internet is an open source of Information, It is just a connection between private computers. And all of those copyright laws are nonsense. If computers were human the copyright laws are restricting the "Humans" to communicate. No one should control the Internet. The problem of piracy is in the Developer itself, because they didn't "Pirate-Proof" their own intellectual property. Just like leaving the door of your house open.

  • Not a chance

    We all know there is lot of content which is inappropriate for everyone but if you control yourself ,it's okay.There is millions of gb a click away ,we can enhance our knowledge, bank on internet, book our tickets, buy loads of things .A little too much is dangerous so if we are free to learn and can control ourselves , it never has to be regulated

  • Absolutely, unequivocally, NO.

    Regulation is a slippery slope for dominance and control. We give them an inch they will definitely take a mile and then some.

    The internet should be place for the ignorant to become wiser; take wikileaks as a prime example, information containing many disgusting atrocities committed by the very people we are supposed to be supporting, this information should not be kept secret from us, it should not be buried and forgotten.

    Alas they know how dangerous the internet is and is becoming to their regimes and would love nothing more than to filter, padlock and guard every square inch of it. We are stronger than they are and it's about time we realised this.

  • Keep you noses out!

    The Government does not own or provide the internet or its greater assets. It therefore has no right to restrict its usage.

    I believe that the Government should be allowed to make illegal activities on the internet a crime, and for this to be dealt with where appropriate. However, no control of the internet's use or content should ever happen.

  • Not at all.

    There is no good reason for the government to regulate the Internet. If the RIAA and software companies want to pursue pirates, they should do so themselves. Frankly, the government has much better things to worry about than people pirating music and cutting into the obscene profits of the record companies. Not to mention that government regulation of the Internet would result in greatly reduced free expression.

  • No, the government should not regulate internet.

    No, I feel the government should not regulate the internet. The first reason and one of my personal feelings is that it would never just stop at regulation. It's would constantly reach and reach until there is no freedom left. Of course, the internet is full of shady material but the internet is also full of inspiration and creativity as well. Just as much as anyone would want to limit it I feel that doing so would only hurt us as human being as a whole people need a place to be 'free' to express themselves.

  • The government shouldn't regulate the internet

    It is not the government's place to regulate the internet from piracy. Doesn't the U.S. government have something better to do besides go after people who download a couple of songs or movies for free? Sites like YouTube and Wikipedia contain copyrighted material, but they are also excellent educational resources for children and adults alike. The government should focus on other, more important things.


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