President Obama issued a statement this morning on Net Neutrality.
In a video address, the president urged the FCC to reclassify internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications act, saying that it was vital to protect net neutrality.
Obama said: “Ever since the internet was created, it’s been organized around the basic principles of openness, fairness, and freedom. There are no gatekeepers deciding which sites you get to access. There are no toll roads on the information superhighway. This set of principals, the idea of net neutrality, has unleashed the power of the internet and given innovators the change to fly. Abandoning these principals would threaten to end the internet as we know it.”
Without net neutrality, service providers like Comcast and Verizon would be able to throttle down or speed up internet speeds depending on where it was going and who was paying for it. Reclassifying the internet as a utility would ban these “internet fast lanes” and make sure that all consumers have access to the same internet.
Verizon has already issued a statement condemning Obama’s plan, saying that any regulations to the internet would face “strong legal challenges.”
Verizon said: “Reclassification under Title II, which for the first time would apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet, would be a radical reversal of course that would in and of itself threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation. That course will likely also face strong legal challenges and would likely not stand up in court.”