Communication Act Of 1934 Essay

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The Communication Act of 1934:
A Critical Critique
The author holds the assumption that the majority of Americans would not believe it to be true that the laws which govern access to the Internet were enacted prior to the start of World War 2. However, this is most certainly the case. The Communications Act of 1934 was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 19, 1934 (cited). 5 years, 2 months, and 13 days prior to Germany’s invasion of Poland. 2016 marks 82 years since the Communications Act was passed into law now codified as 47 U.S.C. Since then, the rate at which technology has advanced has proven to increase exponentially. And since its inception as the ARPANET in 1969, the Internet has been a driver and catalyst of this technological development (Campbell & Garcia, 2013).
The Communications Act is a law that has an impact not only on those subjected to its authority but also on the development of future technologies and the greater social order. 82 years after its enactment, the Communications Act is at the center of a controversy seemingly unforeseeable in 1934, Net Neutrality. An open Internet, or Net Neutrality, is possible due to regulations of the Communications Act
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Federal Communications Commission and United States of America, 2016, saw the Washington D. C. Court of Appeals uphold what was appeared to be a weak argument from the FCC for classification as a common carrier subject to Title II of the Communications Act. The continued attempt to seize control of the public channels of communication is not covert by nature. Furthermore, placing restrictions on the means which individuals communicate can infringe on their civil rights. The scope of the Internet of Things has become so broad, that on a 2014 C-SPAN program former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell said that the United States will see a cyber security Pearl Harbor

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