President Obama's position on net neutrality has not changed since his first campaign. He wants the FCC to end their plans to change net neutrality. The FCC's original plan is to move forward to change the way we use the Internet. This would allow some Internet giants such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable to charge an extra fee to provide better and faster access to certain websites that they have restricted to normal users. Net neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers should treat all data equally. The FCC plans to initiate a plan that will utterly destroy net neutrality and this is why you need to protect your right to access what you want, when you want it, and how you want it on the Internet. This would allow the ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to control which website’s data moves the fastest, who has access to what content, based on who can pay the most.
During a question and answer session in California last Thursday President Obama stated:
“I made a commitment very early on that I am unequivocally committed to Net Neutrality… Tom Wheeler, knows my position. I can’t-now that he’s there-I can’t just call him up and tell him exactly what to do. But what I’ve been clear about, what the White House has been clear about, is that we expect that whatever final rules to emerge, to make sure that we’re not creating two or three or four tiers of Internet.”
President Obama’s statement reinforces the fact that he is against the plans Tom Wheeler has for net neutrality. The next question is what are the plans the FCC has after this statement and will they continue with their plans in a different light?