Friday, May 16, 2014

FCC Votes To Kill Net Neutrality Obama Takes Slow Lane

FCC vote: Net neutrality with a ‘fast lane’

Passions about the future of the Internet were running high Thursday as the FCC approved Chairman Tom Wheeler’s controversial net neutrality proposal — with critics saying it could lead to a world of online haves and have-nots.
Net neutrality refers to the principle that Internet providers should not block or slow certain websites. But Wheeler’s proposal has sparked a firestorm for allowing providers like AT&T and Verizon to charge companies like Google and Facebook for faster delivery of their content. That has many asking if the final rule will actually amount to true net neutrality. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/fcc-approve-net-neutrality-proposal-open-internet-106720.html#ixzz31rN23GsH

As a candidate, Barack Obama left little doubt about his promise to keep the Internet a level playing field. Now his position is far from clear.

Barack Obama was crystal clear during the 2008 campaign about his commitment to ensuring equal treatment of all online content over American broadband lines. “I will take a backseat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality,” Obama told a crowd at Google in 2008. “Because once providers start to privilege some applications or websites over others then the smaller voices get squeezed out and we all lose.”  Read more: http://time.com/101794/obama-backs-away-from-net-neutrality-campaign-promises-after-fcc-vote/