November 11, 2014

What if our Internet was like our Facebook Newsfeed? {Video: Obama on Net Neutrality}


*Update: “It’s official: Net Neutrality is now law! The FCC just voted 3-2 for net neutrality! This is such good news. There’s still a long way to go for the internet, of course. But this is such a good step I think we can congratulate ourselves for a bit.”

FCC approves new net neutrality rules. Read the full article.


President Obama has added his voice to the millions of Americans in support of protecting net neutrality.

If you don’t fully understand what net neutrality is and why it is so important, John Oliver does a fantastic job of explaining things here.

Essentially, net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally. This means not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment or modes of communication.

Everyone is supposed to have the same, equal opportunity to share whatever content they choose over the internet, but cable companies want to monopolize the internet for their own selfish purposes!

But now, President Obama has added his 2-cents to this hot topic issue by urging the FCC to do everything to protect net neutrality for everyone. He acknowledges that the FCC is an independent agency, and ultimately this is their decision to make.

However, he also points out that the public has already commented, nearly 4 million times, asking the FCC to make sure that consumers and not the cable companies, get to decide which websites people may use.

In his own words:

Americans are making their voices heard and standing up for the principles that make the internet a powerful force for change. As long as I’m President, that’s what I’ll be fighting for too.


John Oliver’s take on the issue:

The People Speak Out Against “Cable Company F*ckery.”


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Author: Yoli Ramazzina

Editor:  Emma Ruffin

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