Are Telecommunication Regulations Applicable To Search Engines?

The widening of telecommunication regulations, contained in Title 47 of the U.S. Code, to encompass search technologies in the form of “search engines” is an example of a regulatory development to keep up with technological advances. The 2004 Amendments in the definition clauses of some of the provisions of Title 47 Chapter 5 make the Telecommunication regulations applicable to search engines.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are the policies of the US government in connection to technological development in the field of the Internet?
What made the US government consider legislation of the Internet and other interactive computer services?
What are the obligations and safe harbors available for providers of Internet and interactive computer services?
What are the provisions of Title 47 which make this Title applicable to search engines?

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