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Obama Must 'Make It Right' On Net Neutrality: After He Pledged To Fight For Net Neutrality His Appointed FCC Chair Proposes Net Bias


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President Obama promised a Net neutrality bill if elected.

He continued to support it during his first term.

In January, he said “preserving an open Internet is vital.”

Obama even voiced Net neutrality support on a Google Hangout.

It’s hard to believe that President Obama has his hands tied, especially with three Democrats on the commission and an FCC commissioner that he appointed himself.

By Christian Brazil Bautista
President Obama, if you believe the words that come out of your own mouth, it’s about time you voice your concern over the FCC’s proposal to end net neutrality.

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday proposed new rules that give Internet service providers the power to decide what content moves the fastest on the Web and to charge for access to faster pipes. This means that the online videos and images you get from CNN or Youtube would come in faster and clearer than the content from, say, a friend’s blog or a small organization’s website. The proposed rules basically allow companies with a lot of money to buy the fast lane to the Internet while smaller players get relegated to buffering times.

Tim Wu, a Columbia Law School professor and senior adviser to the Federal Trade Commission, called the proposed regulations a “net discrimination rule.” “…if enacted, it will profoundly change the Internet as a platform for free speech and small-scale innovation. It threatens to make the Internet just like everything else in American society: unequal in a way that deeply threatens our long-term prosperity,” Wu wrote in an article published in the New Yorker.

What’s most surprising about the new rules is not the government’s desire to provide Internet service providers (ISPs) with additional revenue streams while giving everyone else the shaft, it is that the proposal is on the table in spite of Pres. Obama’s repeated statements in support for net neutrality...

It’s hard to believe that President Obama has his hands tied, especially with three Democrats on the commission and an FCC commissioner that he appointed himself.

So we have to ask: President Obama, do you still support Net neutrality?

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