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Posted by: thepinetree on 11/10/2014 12:49 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 11/10/2014 12:49 PM
Expires: 01/01/2019 12:00 AM

President Obama Urges FCC to Implement Stronger Net Neutrality Rules

Washington, DC...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.

When I was a candidate for this office, I made clear my commitment to a free and open Internet, and my commitment remains as strong as ever. Four years ago, the FCC tried to implement rules that would protect net neutrality with little to no impact on the telecommunications companies that make important investments in our economy. After the rules were challenged, the court reviewing the rules agreed with the FCC that net neutrality was essential for preserving an environment that encourages new investment in the network, new online services and content, and everything else that makes up the Internet as we now know it. Unfortunately, the court ultimately struck down the rules — not because it disagreed with the need to protect net neutrality, but because it believed the FCC had taken the wrong legal approach.

The FCC is an independent agency, and ultimately this decision is theirs alone. I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online. The rules I am asking for are simple, common-sense steps that reflect the Internet you and I use every day, and that some ISPs already observe. These bright-line rules include:

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.

If carefully designed, these rules should not create any undue burden for ISPs, and can have clear, monitored exceptions for reasonable network management and for specialized services such as dedicated, mission-critical networks serving a hospital. But combined, these rules mean everything for preserving the Internet’s openness.

The rules also have to reflect the way people use the Internet today, which increasingly means on a mobile device. I believe the FCC should make these rules fully applicable to mobile broadband as well, while recognizing the special challenges that come with managing wireless networks.

To be current, these rules must also build on the lessons of the past. For almost a century, our law has recognized that companies who connect you to the world have special obligations not to exploit the monopoly they enjoy over access in and out of your home or business. That is why a phone call from a customer of one phone company can reliably reach a customer of a different one, and why you will not be penalized solely for calling someone who is using another provider. It is common sense that the same philosophy should guide any service that is based on the transmission of information — whether a phone call, or a packet of data.

So the time has come for the FCC to recognize that broadband service is of the same importance and must carry the same obligations as so many of the other vital services do. To do that, I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act — while at the same time forbearing from rate regulation and other provisions less relevant to broadband services. This is a basic acknowledgment 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.

Investment in wired and wireless networks has supported jobs and made America the center of a vibrant ecosystem of digital devices, apps, and platforms that fuel growth and expand opportunity. Importantly, network investment remained strong under the previous net neutrality regime, before it was struck down by the court; in fact, the court agreed that protecting net neutrality helps foster more investment and innovation. If the FCC appropriately forbears from the Title II regulations that are not needed to implement the principles above — principles that most ISPs have followed for years — it will help ensure new rules are consistent with incentives for further investment in the infrastructure of the Internet.

The Internet has been one of the greatest gifts our economy — and our society — has ever known. The FCC was chartered to promote competition, innovation, and investment in our networks. In service of that mission, there is no higher calling than protecting an open, accessible, and free Internet. I thank the Commissioners for having served this cause with distinction and integrity, and I respectfully ask them to adopt the policies I have outlined here, to preserve this technology’s promise for today, and future generations to come.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-11-10 14:04:52   By: Anonymous
yes, it is clear to everyone an internet connection equates to an electrical or phone connection and is a true public utility. It is time to make it possible for everyone to have internet just like back in the day when electricity and telephone was new and was determined to be a utility, not a commodity.

If you disagree you need to ask yourself if you are an American and hold the values that have made our country great and competitive and strong.

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    Posted on: 2014-11-10 14:32:02   By: Anonymous
    what about non-Americans? Just more goodies for them.

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      Posted on: 2014-11-10 14:35:51   By: Anonymous
      uh, no. Your comment is nonsense.

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        Dark Ages
        Posted on: 2014-11-10 15:17:49   By: Anonymous
        America's internet in in the dark ages compared to Europe and the far east.
        There are 2 communities that have the government owned /run internet in America.
        The cost is low, the \speed very very fast.However...
        The Koch bros ALEC is lobbying many State legislatures to ban community run internet.

        An example of what can be, if the privateers are kept at bay, and community , the commons is allowed to achieve the best.

        In Europe you have the choice of over 100 phone/internet providers, a toatal package for under $50. In the good old no competition USA, the internet and cell phone service id abysmal, and costs 4x as much.

        The big lie is we have free enterprise, and the corporations know best.
        It is the mantra of the Republicans.

        Until America is allowed to be truly free, we will have the tyranny of the big dog no competition corporations.

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          Re: Dark Ages
          Posted on: 2014-11-10 16:56:33   By: Anonymous
          That's the result of big business when government can't get involved. But capitalism is fail proof right?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-11-10 16:54:16   By: Anonymous
The Internet is without question the most powerful tool we have in modern society. Net neutrality at this point is like government vs private land. I'm not a Obama enthusiast by any means but by this reinforces amendment rights, which I've heard is important to TeaBaggers and the like. Maybe it's a political move, but I'd say take it and stop being pesamestic.

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    Posted on: 2014-11-12 10:22:58   By: Anonymous
    I see you can't post a message without including your derogatory term for the Tea Party.

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If you like your health plan
Posted on: 2014-11-10 18:54:04   By: Anonymous
If you like your PG&E monopoly "regulated" by your government, you're really going to like government regulated dissemination of internet information.

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    Re: If you like your health plan
    Posted on: 2014-11-10 19:12:01   By: Anonymous
    I like my electricity regulated for prices. I hate my cable un-regulated and its out of control greedy and expensive CEOs.

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      Re: If you like your health plan
      Posted on: 2014-11-10 20:04:16   By: Anonymous
      In countries where cable is regulated, prices are much cheaper. But monopolies are about American freedom right?

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More government control
Posted on: 2014-11-10 19:08:10   By: Anonymous
More wonderful government control of Americans thanks to the socialist president.
He just never stops giving !!!!!

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    Re: More government control
    Posted on: 2014-11-10 19:12:56   By: Anonymous
    do you like your internet speed throttled or perhaps you want to pay extra to just visit certain sites? What is wrong with you?

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    Re: More government control
    Posted on: 2014-11-10 20:05:34   By: Anonymous
    It's obvious someone didn't read/listen to what the scary black man actually said...

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      Ted Cruz Against Net Neutrality
      Posted on: 2014-11-10 21:16:10   By: Anonymous
      Once again the anti regulation numnutz forget 2008.

      A deregulated banking system brought on a world wide depression, still not recovered from.

      Just like the wild west, a libertarian utopia would be lived in a sick polluted bankrupt America, because the Oiligarchs want it that way.

      The robber barons are back with the GOP leading the charge.

      History does repeat itself brought to you by those who deny history and the lessons learned like Glass-Stegal. In 70 years a banking firewall that worked very well was torn down, 7 years later a world wide depression brought to the world by the deregulators of the US banking system.

      If you yearn for deregulation you need to learn your history.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-11-10 21:17:53   By: Anonymous
Barry, please go away, you are a moron, what will it be tomorrow, sparrows, plastic soda cup lids, heated seats, to many sands of grain on the sea shore, I'm running out of space, by the way, the Chinese republic flag looked great behind you on Brian Wiiiam's love fest with you on the news tonite!

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    Re: puppet
    Posted on: 2014-11-10 21:32:10   By: Anonymous
    the president is nothing more than a puppet at this stage of the game
    forcing everyone to switch to anthem health coverage or plans that are far less effective in covering medicine that is less effective (generics)to people that are on a limited income letting the public know that their medicine is well over a thousand dollars a month WAY TO GO PRES OBAMA

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      Re: puppet
      Posted on: 2014-11-10 21:33:52   By: Anonymous

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        Re: PS
        Posted on: 2014-11-10 21:35:13   By: Anonymous
        F**K YOU

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    Posted on: 2014-11-10 22:03:04   By: Anonymous
    Oh bless your little heart for trying. Stay in school kids...

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      Posted on: 2014-11-11 10:28:04   By: Anonymous
      Great post. Captures their ability and understanding perfectly.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-11-10 22:06:51   By: Anonymous
Your vocabulary, matches your IQ, O!

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People want net neutrality
Posted on: 2014-11-11 06:37:38   By: Anonymous
The FCC has a place for citizens to comment. With many 1000s of comments recorded, 99 % want net neutrality, which is what Obama proposes.

1 % of ordinary citizens but almost all Congressional Republicans want to end net neutrality and allow Comcast and Time Warner to charge more for providing fast internet service and access to certain sites.

Comcast and Time Warner are two of the most greedy unhelpful companies I have ever had to deal with. Obama has got it right on this one.

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Pavlovian Responses
Posted on: 2014-11-11 10:26:54   By: Anonymous
It is very interesting to see the right wingers spring into action to oppose Obama's position on this even though doing so is virtually certain to be against their own self-interest (unless they work for Comcast or Time Warner). Do you guys even understand the issue? The question is whether you want to be at the complete mercy of the big cable providers for your internet cost AND speed or if you think internet is now such an essential part of life that it should be treated like any other utility. In many parts of this county there is really no choice of who you get your internet connection from. It's not as if there is real free enterprise competition. Of course those companies should be regulated like utilities. This is as close to a no brainer as it gets.

Both of those companies should have been regulated as utilities a long time ago. They are predators.

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    Re: Pavlovian Responses
    Posted on: 2014-11-11 16:00:25   By: Anonymous
    None sense, everyone knows paying 180 for Internet & cable makes you a real American!

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