Obama: I care deeply about 'net neutrality'

Jan 31, 2014

President Barack Obama says the U.S. government is exploring options for keeping the Internet free and open after a federal court set aside rules designed to do just that.

A three-judge panel earlier this month set aside rules intended to ensure that the transmission of Internet content be treated equally, without priority given to some types of traffic over others. Obama says it's an issue he cares deeply about, partly because his campaign was powered by an Internet that was free of commercial barriers.

He says a court's decision must be respected, at least initially, but that the Federal Communications Commission is examining its options. Those options include appealing the court's decision or coming up with a new set of rules.

Obama commented Friday during a chat on Google Plus Hangout.

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The Shootist
1 / 5 (4) Jan 31, 2014
Obama doesn't even know what Net Neutrality means.
11791
5 / 5 (4) Jan 31, 2014
glad he cares. I agree with obama
rwinners
1 / 5 (2) Jan 31, 2014
Crap.
rwinners
1 / 5 (2) Jan 31, 2014
Gabage. Google has so much money that is can throw it away on just a slight chance.... Evidence? Read the latest news.
JimD
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 31, 2014
How about Phys.org not channeling these political idiots?
Grallen
3 / 5 (1) Feb 01, 2014
@JimD: While politics are not science, I do appreciate hearing about the politics that will affect science here.

This article might have only slid past scrutiny because it related to tech in by: The President used Google Hangouts to make the statement.
loneislander
2 / 5 (2) Feb 01, 2014
Could it be that net neutrality is the one thing Obama could actually leave as a legacy? Rhetoric aside - the RW kept him away from the controls no matter what he tried or who he was, and the LW wanted Rome in a day: Could it be that his remaining power is enough to win on net neutrality because the RW hasn't figured out that the status quo is actually worth trillions to them. (he goes on to boldly predict:) If the status quo is upheld it will be seen, when the republic falls, as the straw.
ryggesogn2
4 / 5 (1) Feb 01, 2014
BHO claims he cares deeply about transparency.