Internet Neutrality took another radical turn when President Obama decided to side with activists and consumers on the issue of heavy handed government regulation with regards to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and their willingness to charge data-hungry cable companies and others for faster connections, such as Netflix.
"We are stunned the president would abandon the longstanding, bipartisan policy of lightly regulating the Internet and calling for extreme" regulation, said Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, the primary lobbying arm of the cable industry, which supplies much of the nation's Internet access.
This "tectonic shift in national policy, should it be adopted, would create devastating results," added Powell, who chaired the FCC during the Bush administration until 2005. Consumer groups and content providers hailed Obama's move, with Netflix posting to its Facebook page that "consumers should pick winners and losers on the Internet, not broadband gatekeepers." (read it here)
Those of you who find relief in knowing the president will be on top of this situation, regulating it so those who can't afford the rising price of Internet will be able to have it, too, I have a strong feeling that this isn't about YOU at all. I have a feeling that it's all about setting a precedence. He's on our side today as he seeks to gain total control over our Internet usage, but once he gets it, tomorrow he or someone else in the White House could very well change the equation so they're suddenly against us.
All I can say is, beware of presidents toting gifts.
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