Poll: Should the US Government block sites/regulate Internet traffic during times of crisis?

A GAO report suggests that the US government may need to act as an Internet traffic cop during times of crisis--like a flu pandemic. Do you agree?

Yesterday, I published a piece on a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (GAO-10-8) that suggests a serious influenza pandemic could result in a massive spike in Internet traffic and that the US government may need to step in and act as an Internet traffic cop; limiting people's bandwidth or blocking bandwidth-intensive sites altogether.

A vigorous debate over the practicality, effectiveness, and legality of this issue in the post's discussion thread. So, I though putting up a poll that allows people to quickly vote on the issue made sense. Let me know what you think.

By Bill Detwiler

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