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The Internet has a relatively short, yet rich history of free speech and independence from governance. While this independence is an important part of the Internet's past, it has become increasingly clear that the Internet must somehow be regulated in order to ensure stability to the Internet community and viability as a communications medium. Without regulation the Internet will eventually nullify its own legitimacy as an effective and reputable mode of communication. It is this negative effect which serves as the impetus for Internet governance that is proposed in this article.

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