Recently, President Barack Obama announced his plan to support net neutrality in America, and has publicly requested that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) take his plan into consideration while they review new rules with regards to Internet access.
Put simply, net neutrality is the concept of treating Internet traffic equally across the board. The new rules being considered by the FCC would make it possible for cable companies and service providers to basically decide what websites you have access to by allowing companies and organizations to pay for a higher priority. This would make it practically impossible for small businesses and startups to compete, and with the Internet of Everything upon us, online exposure is a key to success.
“Ever since the internet was created, it’s been organized around basic principles of openness, fairness, and freedom. There are no gatekeepers deciding which sites you get to access, there are no toll roads on the information superhighway. This set of principles, the idea of net neutrality has unleashed the power of the Internet and given innovators the chance to thrive. Abandoning these principles would threaten to end the Internet as we know it,” says Obama in the video below.
This may all seem dry or content for a slow news day, but it actually affects everyone who relies on the Internet for any sort of communication, be it promoting a service or product, online shopping, or even getting the news. People need to be the ones that decide what they read, how they communicate, where they shop, and how they run their businesses, and the Internet needs to remain a fair playing ground.
“I’m asking the FCC to reclassify Internet service under Title 2 of a law known as the Telecommunications Act. In plain English, I’m asking them to recognize that for most Americans, the Internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life,” Obama says.
In the end, it is the FCC’s decision because they are an independent agency, but if net neutrality in America needed a high profile spokesperson, Obama’s not bad.
For more information, watch the video below.