FCC Chairman Lines Up With President Obama on Fast Lanes

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler downplayed differences between President Obama and the FCC's stances on net neutrality. President Barack Obama said last week that he does not support allowing service providers to charge content providers for faster access to customers.

"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," President Obama said last week. "You want to leave it open so the next Google and the next Facebook can succeed."

In response to the administration's statement on the issue, chairman Wheeler tried to align himself better with the President's stance:

"Anything that interferes with the virtuous cycle [of Internet growth] is something that can and should be prohibited," Wheeler said. "Prioritization, in my opinion, interferes with the virtuous cycle."

"Let me be really clear: If prioritization hurts consumers, hurts innovation, hurts competition, degrades service, it’s DOA [dead on arrival]," Wheeler added.

Source: PC World

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