President Obama Does Not Support Internet ‘Fast Lanes’

President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he does not support the FCC proposal for fast lanes – allowing service providers to charge content providers for faster access to customers. The last time the President spoke about net neutrality directly was in 2008 during the presidential campaign against Mitt Romney.

President Obama said that making the Internet more accessible to some at the expense of others was against his administration's policy on net neutrality rules:

"One of the issues around net neutrality is whether you are creating different rates or charges for different content providers," said the president. "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."

We're not sure how FCC chairman Tom Wheeler will feel about the president saying this, but he did ask for comments on the proposal from all corners…

Source: Washington Post

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