Internet Activists Get a Win, as Obama Offers New Net Neutrality Proposal


The White House released President Obama’s net neutrality proposal in a statement and a video Monday morning. He came out in favor of the FCC re-regulating broadband lines under the same rules written for phone networks when the new net neutrality rules are adopted by the agency.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s first proposal would allow Internet providers to sell fast-lane service to content companies, which Obama initially mentioned he was opposed to. But since the FCC is an independent agency, Obama can only suggest changes, as the agency tries to rework Internet line regulation.

While broadband providers certainly won’t be happy about Obama’s proposal, he’s not running for office again, so he doesn’t need to curry their favor anymore. This could force providers to turn to the new Republican-controlled Congress for help.