Who regulates internet service provider big boys?
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Who regulates internet service provider big boys?

Port Elizabeth : South Africa | Jun 15, 2010 at 12:18 PM PDT
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If you were to report one of the big internet service providers for spam who would you report it to? Is there a lot of policing on the internet?

Providers such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft keep a watch on us, but who keeps a watch on them? You might mention your own website on another website and be told that you are spamming or spamming with the intention of producing business, but if you are spammed by the big boys who do you turn to?

Well I have posed the spamming question to government bodies in South Africa, Ireland, more generally The United Kingdom, and to the United States without having any luck.

The United States Government body, The Federal Communications Commission (website at http://www.fcc.gov/aboutus.html ) says this about itself:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.

When I contacted them about regulating spam, they had the following to say:

The FCC does not regulate the Internet or Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Contact your state consumer protection office or if there is possible fraud involved, contact the Federal Trade Commission or the Department of Justice's Internet Fraud Complaint Center.
There are currently no Federal or state laws regulating the use of or content contained on the Internet

Note that they say, "There are no Federal or state laws regulating..."

One newspaper reporter I contacted told me that this was a concern of his as there is no regulation to speak of higher up - seemingly no body designed to control the big ISPs

One solution would be to have state controlled email addresses. This might seem a bad idea, but your post box is possibly already controlled. I have been informed that, in South Africa, for example, if you keep on receiving unsolicited mail after you have notified the sender that you do not want it, you can report this and have action taken, no matter who it is from.

Just try to report one of the big ISPs for spam and you might decide that state controlled email addresses is not such a bad idea.

Swayseeker is based in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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