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Is The Commerce Department Really Ready To Regulate The Internet?

Larry Strickling, the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (a division of the Department of Commerce), gave a speech last week where he outlined, in broad strokes, a vision for "Internet Policy 3.0", which suggested a much more hands-on approach to regulating the internet. This got some attention online, with some claiming that the US was "rescinding" its "leave internet alone policy." That may be a stretch from what was actually said, but a lot of people are wondering what this really means. What Strickling was really talking about was rethinking the general policy towards some of the bigger internet challenges.