A Free And Open Internet. Thanks, President Obama



White House: Net Neutrality: President Obama’s Plan For A Free And Open Internet

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 (FCC) to answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.

No blocking. If a consumer requests access to a website or service, and the content is legal, your ISP should not be permitted to block it. That way, every player — not just those commercially affiliated with an ISP — gets a fair shot at your business. No throttling. Nor should ISPs be able to intentionally slow down some content or speed up others — through a process often called “throttling” — based on the type of service or your ISP’s preferences. Increased transparency. The connection between consumers and ISPs — the so-called “last mile” — is not the only place some sites might get special treatment. So, I am also asking the FCC to make full use of the transparency authorities the court recently upheld, and if necessary to apply net neutrality rules to points of interconnection between the ISP and the rest of the Internet. No paid prioritization. Simply put: No service should be stuck in a “slow lane” because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth. So, as I have before, I am asking for an explicit ban on paid prioritization and any other restriction that has a similar effect.

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Adam Clark Estes: Obama’s Plan To Save The Internet

Good news, America. Our president, Barack Obama, is finally standing up for the internet, and asking the FCC to classify it as a public utility. In other words, he’s asking the agency not to allow destructive things like fast lanes (a.k.a. paid prioritization) or throttling. It’s a great day! At least, today’s news is a great step in the right direction. So Obama’s asked the FCC to reclassify the internet as a public utility, like electricity or water. This means a lot of things. Suffice it to say that the internet gets a better square on the Monopoly board. Instead of just being a regular piece of real estate that can be bought or sold or modified or destroyed, the internet would enjoy a number of regulatory protections if it were classified under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. The White House points out in a blog post about Obama’s statement that the reclassification would represent a “basic acknowledgement of the services ISPs provide to American homes and businesses, and the straightforward obligations necessary to ensure the network works for everyone—not just one or two companies.” That sounds about right. The internet was designed to be a free and open tool for communications.

About an hour after the White House released the statement, Tim Wu tweeted:

Tim Wu is the Columbia Law School professor who invented the term “net neutrality.” So if he likes Obama’s policy, today is a terrific day for the internet. And it actually sounds like he loves the policy. Keep this in mind when you wonder if it’ll work. Will the FCC actually write new rules that conform to the president’s wishes? We don’t know. We can’t know until they do or they don’t! Think of it this way, though. The FCC is not the American people’s favorite agency right now. More than one individual commissioner has even admitted that the existing rules are bad. Meanwhile, the experts who understand how the internet works better than the FCC does say that Obama’s plan is “100% on target.” It’s the FCC’s job to listen to experts and do what’s best for the American people. Now would be a good time for the FCC to do its job.

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90 Responses to “A Free And Open Internet. Thanks, President Obama”

  1. November 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Nerdy, I could hug ya!! Thank you Legend, wonderful post!!

  2. 39 Jeff
    November 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    The republicans are against this of course.

  3. November 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    POTUS today at the US Embassy in Beijing.

    • 43 dotster3
      November 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Look at President Obama losing his clout!—no longer popular on the world stage. AP and the rest of the U.S. news media was astute. Hahahahaha. (wishes don’t make it so)

  4. November 10, 2014 at 7:10 pm

  5. 51 99ts
    November 10, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Even with their win in congress the GOP are still against anything PBO supports. They are about to sell the internet to the highest bidder because “the government should NEVER be in charge” – much better to sell things off to the billionaires

    The young ones mentioned on an earlier thread can take up the GOP “catchy buzzwords” – the lunatics have them coming out in the hundreds – “Keep the government out of our internet”

    I love you all on TOD but the complete breakdown of government in the US is a major disaster, currently being saved by one man. The GOP will not rest until they have killed off any hint of democracy and replaced it with pure insanity.

    • November 10, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      If the repubs want to block PBO on Net Neutrality, that may be a gift. I can imagine “the youth” who live on social media coming out in 2016 against the GOP on the Internet basis only. It would be huge.

      • November 10, 2014 at 8:48 pm

        The Youth – as well as some of us more techy-prone boomers!! I can’t imagine not having internet now, tho I can’t afford it on my fixed income. Two of my neighbors kindly allow me to tap into the wifi which comes free with their cable service. But this very critical change put forward by PBO, will make an enormous difference to those like me who do not watch television or listen to radio, relying on Internet for almost all communication with the outer world. Thank you, and bless you Mr. President!

  6. 54 donna dem 4 obama
    November 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    For your evening enjoyment. #GrandbabiesRTheBest

    I hope it comes out the right size

  7. November 10, 2014 at 7:31 pm

  8. 63 carolyn
    November 10, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Have to apologize for a statement I made on the previous thread. I went back to the email from DWS and the DNC……when I opened it, all they were asking for was another “I’m In” signature…..no place to make comments. But, at the bottom of the page is Contact. I plan to do that Again, with a logical, well prepared list of suggestions for them. So glad OFA is on this…….think I will make a contribution to them.

  9. November 10, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Is it me? or have this post been added some new pictures and material?

    Thanks NW.

  10. 68 hopefruit2
    November 10, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    PBO is going to troll the GOP for the next two years. He’s not going to give them a break…soon he will have their heads spinning in every which direction that they lose focus and implode before they are even sworn into the Senate in Jan.

    Yesterday – Announced the nomination of Loretta Lynch as AG – GOP loses their shit and mistakes her for another Lorretta Lynch….
    Today – Announced support for Net Neutrality – GOP loses their shit and Ted Cruz bumbles some crap on Twitter about Obamacare (which is doing splendidly well BTW)
    Tomorrow – what shall it be?

    Have you noticed a pattern so far? I sure have, and I LOVE IT!!! 🙂

    • November 10, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      EGG.ZAC.LEEEEEE* hf2!!!!

      The ‘pattern is full’ …. #PBO knows he’s in a target rich environment and he’s going to fire at will ….

      As I said last Wed., I’m going to enjoy these next 2+ years and the enjoyment started, immediately, with PBO’s smiling smackdown of the WHPC #NEWSTAINERS and hasn’t stopped since 🙂

      *heartfelt h/t to amk

      #FORWARD Together

    • November 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      It is now time “to make your enemies your footstool”.
      It has happened from the time the plotted to make this presidency “a one term”.
      Well, shit is about to get REAL REAL!

      Our President has extended the olive branch onetime to many and these two years will allow us to witness how worthless these fools really are. At the same time for those of us who have been paying attention to this remarkable, caring, honest man whose mission and purpose in life was to help save a dying country.
      He has done and will continue to do up what he was destined to do with or without them.
      If he and Michelle decide to move to Canada, I’m right behind them……

    • November 10, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      As well as open enrollment later this week, I know plenty of people I have told not to miss this opportunity. Good luck to the fools on the right side trying to take affordable health care away from sane people!! Prolly all those sane people who will embrace net neutrality!!

    • 73 nospin
      November 11, 2014 at 8:29 am

      “PBO is going to troll the GOP for the next two years. He’s not going to give them a break…soon he will have their heads spinning in every which direction that they lose focus and implode before they are even sworn into the Senate in Jan.”

      That is how I see it as well hopefruit2. If they can’t run with the big dogs…they should have stayed on the porch. The next two years will be transformational under this President.

  11. November 10, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Jerk ….

  12. November 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    RE: Loretta Lynch…has the Senate scheduled Confrimation Hearings yet??

    • November 10, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      They first have to figure out who she is.
      What a bunch of idiots, falling all over each other and acting like the clowns they are.
      So embarrassing when you have a smart, intelligent president representing us all over the world.
      It’s like watching a bunch of GWB. Ugh!
      Every day I ask can they do or say anything more stupider? (if there is such a word)
      The answer is| Hell, yes, THEY CAN!

  13. November 10, 2014 at 7:48 pm

  14. 81 Nerdy Wonka
    November 10, 2014 at 7:50 pm


    • 82 hopefruit2
      November 10, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      This amazing – even for you Nerdy with your extraordinarily high bar that you’ve set for tweets….The evidence speaks for itself. I have nothing more to say,

      Except that:
      This tweet will become part of President Obama’s Presidential Library….

    • November 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      That is magnificent Nerdy, absolutely incredible!!!!

  15. 84 dotster3
    November 10, 2014 at 7:59 pm

  16. 86 Jeff
    November 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Obama has proposed better teachers for low income students. Of course the republicant’s are all up in arms about this because it threatens their voting base.

  17. November 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm

  18. 89 globalcitizenlinda
    November 10, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I don’t know how I survived the past post-election week

  19. November 10, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    He talks about the pressure exerted by activists for net neutrality and the possibility of backlash from powerful companies. But activists will be on the President’s side. And Cruz is already taking something so important and popular and saying Net Neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet. The GOP cannot help themselves. They are already screwing up. I’m sorry President Obama has to go through this, but I trust him. #POTUSPositive #TrustBarack

    …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….

    …I haven’t been shy about criticizing this administration in the past — and I won’t hesitate to do so in the future. But today, Internet users everywhere should thank President Obama and his staff. Today, they just might have saved the Internet….

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