President Obama has taken a huge stand for net neutrality, calling for the Internet to remain open for all, and calling for the Internet to be regulated like a public utility.
Naturally Republicans oppose him. Ted Cruz is already referring to it as “Obamacare for the Internet.”
“Simply put: No service should be stuck in a ‘slow lane’ because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth,” Obama said in a statement.
“I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online.”
He also said the FCC should apply its new rules equally to mobile and wired ISPs, with a recognition of special challenges that come with managing wireless networks.