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Obama Says His FCC Would Guarantee Net Neutrality

Oct 29, 2007  •  Post A Comment

As part of his presidential campaign Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is promising to make sure that any Federal Communications Commission members he appoints will ensure that Internet service providers can’t favor some content providers over others by providing them faster or better quality downloads.
Appearing on MTV as part of its MySpace candidate dialogue, set to tonight, the presidential hopeful answered a question posed by a MoveOn.org member about net neutrality. Sen. Obama said elimination of net neutrality guarantees by the current FCC “destroys one of the best things about the Internet, which is that there is this incredible equality there.”
“Right now the speed with which and quality of your downloads or links are the same if you’re going to the CNN or Time Warner Web site as if you were going to BarackObama.com,” he said. “But what you’ve been seeing is some lobbying that says that the servers and portals through which you’re getting information over the Internet should be able to be gatekeepers and to charge different rates to different Web sites and webcasts.”
Suggesting the equality of all sites was the foundation of the Internet’s growth, he warned about trying to change that equality.
“Facebook, MySpace and Google might not have been started if you did not have a level playing field for whoever has the best idea. And I want to maintain that basic principle in how the Internet functions,” Sen. Obama said. “As president I’m going to make sure that [net neutrality] is the principle that my FCC commissioners are applying as we move forward.”
(Editor: Horowitz)

6 Comments

  1. Net neutrality, while needed, has been an issue that has clogged broadcast legislation for far too long. There are more important issues to be decided–multi-channel must carry, and the future of LPTV.
    Whoever is elected president needs to clean house at the FCC–big time. It has become a harem for the cable industry.

  2. Net neutrality, while needed, has been an issue that has clogged broadcast legislation for far too long. There are more important issues to be decided–multi-channel must carry, and the future of LPTV.
    Whoever is elected president needs to clean house at the FCC–big time. It has become a harem for the cable industry.

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