Obama Supports Net Neutrality Opposing Internet Fast Lanes
President Barack Obama made it clear to the reporters at U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington that his administration is against fast lanes in Internet that offer more bandwidth and speed to some entities at the expense of others.
Obama has remained silent on the topic of net neutrality for quite a time, but this latest statement from Obama is what people were waiting for. Obama told the reporters that big companies who have more resources and money than common people could easily pay for fast lanes. This would offer more bandwidth to the wealthy big companies, and as a result other smaller businesses will suffer. Doing so would also hinder developing companies to come up to the level of Google or Facebook.
Addressing reporters at the summit for African leaders in Washington, Obama said:
One of the issues around net neutrality is whether you are creating different rates or charges for different content providers. That’s the big controversy here. So you have big, wealthy media companies who might be willing to pay more and also charge more for spectrum, more bandwidth on the Internet so they can stream movies faster.
I personally, the position of my administration, as well as a lot of the companies here, is that you don’t want to start getting a differentiation in how accessible the Internet is to different users. You want to leave it open so the next Google and the next Facebook can succeed.
These remarks by Obama are in contrast with FCC’s current proposal on net neutrality. There have been many debates about net neutrality, and the legal authorities in U.S. have started to forcefully implement it in current laws.
However, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has on occasion opposed the paid prioritization, which in his view would be commercially unreasonable. FCC Chairman has recently blocked a move by Verizon that wanted to throttle down some of the 4G LTE unlimited data customers in order to manage network in peak times. This move was blocked to favor net neutrality.
Tech companies have hailed the remarks of President Obama. Mozilla, who has been raising voice for net neutrality, posted a note on their blog thanking Obama for showing his support towards net neutrality. Moreover, more than 1.1 million comments regarding net neutrality have been submitted to FCC.
Looks like Internet providers’ plans for making money by providing fast lanes to the big companies will fail badly. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler looks to address this issue later this year. Making Internet accessible and developing a standard for its use is a big and important issue, which needs to be addressed. The remarks from Obama have given silver lining to the companies who support net neutrality.
Via: The Washington Post