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FC: Hands off the Internet! (a very good column in U

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Date:          Fri, 05 Feb 1999 00:08:44 -0500
From:          Declan McCullagh <>
Subject:       FC: Hands off the Internet! (a very good column in USA Today)

>From: "James Lucier" <>
>To: "Declan McCullagh" <>,
>Subject: Washington:  Hands Off the Internet!!
>Date: Thu, 4 Feb 1999 22:56:05 -0500
>USA TODAY Latest news (

01/20/99- Updated 02:55 PM ET The Nation's Homepage Washington: Hands Off the Internet! By James Freeman

An excerpt:

Let's have a moratorium on new online regulations -- call it the Internet Freedom Act. For five years, there should be no new rules for online business. And let's allow the telephone companies to create new high-speed services without having the FCC decide who can buy them and at what price.

Don't let the politicians make the Internet "safe" for consumers by encasing it in a layer of regulatory goo. First of all, we already have tons of laws to protect people against fraud, theft, etc. The fact that a crime is committed online doesn't give anyone immunity today. And even for those areas where we may need new law, let it evolve and grow with the expansion of knowledge.

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