President Obama Letting Us Down Again, this Time on Net Neutrality
In 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama said,
he would make net neutrality a priority, saying he was a “strong supporter” of the principle, and that having a two-tiered Internet “destroys one of the best things about the Internet—which is that there is this incredible equality there.” And in 2008, as President-elect, he said, “I will take a backseat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality.”
So where is Obama now that the issue of net neutrality is on the table? He’s nowhere to be found:
Net Neutrality-Defender Barack Obama Missing in Action
Following much-criticized FCC proposal advanced Thursday, president who said “he would take back seat to no one’ on net neutrality is nowhere to be found.
As a president who has professed to be a staunch supporter of net neutrality, Obama must voice his opposition to the proposal just advanced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a group advocating for an open Internet charges.
On Thursday, the Commission voted for a proposal that, as Michael Weinberg, Vice President at Public Knowledge, stated, “falls well short of real net neutrality rules. It would create a two-tier internet where ‘commercially reasonable’ discrimination is allowed on any connections that exceed an unknown ‘minimum level of access’ defined by the FCC.”
“A two-tier internet is anathema to a truly open internet,” he added.
Oh, and the Chair of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, was appointed by Obama. He’s a former cable-industry lobbyist, which is encouraging too of course (not).