During his first run for the White House, Barack Obama promised that he would take "a back seat to no one" on Net Neutrality.
Today, the president finally got in the driver's seat.Early this morning, President Obama issued a clear and powerful statement of support for real Net Neutrality -- one that left no wiggle room or confusion about where he stands.The short summary for anyone who has been following the debate over Net Neutrality: THIS IS HUGE.The president's statement is worth quoting at length:
An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life. By lowering the cost of launching a new idea, igniting new political movements, and bringing communities closer together, it has been one of the most significant democratizing influences the world has ever known.'Net Neutrality' has been built into the fabric of the Internet since its creation -- but it is also a principle that we cannot take for granted. We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas. That is why today I am asking the Federal Communications Commission to answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect Net Neutrality.Read More.Source: The Huffington Post/Craig Aaron