Obama asks FCC to keep the Internet open & neutral

12 Nov 2014 | Rasmus Larsen |

Should internet providers be allowed to limit your access to the internet? Should streaming services such as Netflix pay for fast lanes? The net neutrality debate has a new active voice. Obama supports net neutrality.

Obama supports net neutrality

Specifically, Obama is asking the FCC to reclassify the internet as a utility, like water.

- "To put these protections in place, I'm asking the FCC to reclassifying internet service under Title II of a law known as the Telecommunications Act. In plain English, I'm asking [the FCC] to recognize that for most Americans, the internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life." says Obama.

To date, one of the most vocal supporters of net neutrality has been Netflix. The streaming company has come out in public about having to sign deals with internet providers to avoid throttling of video data.

Net neutrality is important, especially now as we are entering a new phase for the internet that moves tons of videos, including movies, TV series and sports events onto the internet. Internet providers should not be allowed to give certain streaming services - for example their own - priority. As an individual you should be able to access whatever site and service you want, with no speed or access limitations.

That is what Netflix is arguing. That is what millions of Americans are arguing. And that is what Obama is arguing.

The net neutrality debate is complicated and there are more aspects to it than meets the eye, but as individuals we should fight to keep the internet open and neutral. The internet is our future. It is also important to remember that even though the internet providers have built the entire infrastructure, everything on the internet is created by other individuals and companies. No one should be allowed to act as a gatekeeper.

We do not want the internet to end like this. Right?

- Source: The White House / Obama

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