Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Congressional Issues 2010
Regulation of Electronic Speech

The 112th Congress should
  • resist the urge to regulate offensive content on the Web,

  • allow the market to address privacy and marketing concerns,

  • not undercut individuals’ efforts to maintain anonymity on the Internet,

  • not attempt to regulate adult behavior such as online gambling,

  • reject attempts to impose new restrictions on encryption and new surveillance on American citizens,

  • avoid replacing true diversity and democracy on the Internet with politically motivated "Internet commons" or "public spaces,"

  • avoid online protectionism by refusing to allow incumbent businesspeople to undercut electronic trade on the Internet,

  • avoid imposing burdensome and unconstitutional tax collection schemes on the Internet.

  • phase out compulsory licensing for all communications content industries,
  • eliminate the Federal Communications Commission’s power to control broadcast content in the name of the "public interest."

next: Property Rights and Regulatory Takings