Politics

President Obama Calls for Net Neutrality

| by Edward Arnold

On Monday, President Obama release a video and a two page statement asking the Federal Communications Commission "to implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality."

Net neutrality is the principle that all internet service providers and governments treat all users and data on the internet equally. The consumers of the internet deserve to decide what websites they get to access to, not internet service providers. Nearly four million people have taken to the FCC's website to speak out in support of net neutraity.

The President has laid out a set of rules that would protect net neutrality: no blocking of websites or services so every user has fair access to the internet. No intentionally slowing content for some and speeding up content for others, often called throttling.

The president is also calling for increased transparency between the consumers and ISPs and a no paid prioritization so that a service isn't slower just because it does not pay a fee.

He wants the FCC to reclassify comsumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act to provide "a basic acknowledgement of the services provided to internet consumers and the obligations necessary to ensure the network works for everyone."

Obama faces some opposition to net neutrality. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), via Twitter, recently said that "Net Neutrality is Obamacare for the internet. Internet should not operate at the speed of the government." Republicans have been opposed to any regulation of internet speeds.

The decision is entirely up to the FCC, who might not come to a decision by year's end.

Sources: White House, CBS