Obama Stands Up For Net Neutrality

It’s not uncommon for politicians to remain silent on hot button issues until they reach critical mass. Oftentimes someone will wait until a key election is over to speak up on controversial topics that could alienate potential supporters. It’s all a part of the dastardly game of politics. US President Barack Obama is no stranger to this. He’s just now weighing in heavily on net neutrality and, lucky us, he’s on our side.

President Obama released a statement today, which you can view below, urging the FCC to do everything they can to protect the openness of the Internet. Specifically, he’s asking them to reclassify Internet access under title 2 of the telecommunications act to make it a public utility like electricity or water, which would entitle it to a variety of regulatory protections. The fight for net neutrality has been raging for some time now and making the Internet a public utility has always been the most talked about solution.

People can complain all they want that Obama has been dragging his feet on the issue, but the important thing is he’s speaking up now and this will hopefully go a long way towards protecting net neutrality. The cable companies are still going to fight it, as well as Republicans like Ted Cruz (who referred to net neutrality as “Obamacare for the Internet), but we’ve got the entire tech industry and now the President of the United States on our side. Things are looking up for the first time in a long time.

via Gizmodo

 

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