With the FCC weighing in on whether ISPs, such as Verizon and Comcast, can choose to block or prioritize delivering traffic to certain websites if they are willing to pay more. This basically breaks down as: Big Business = Win / Average American = Lose.
With the stakes being so high politicians are starting to make their positions known.
Just yesterday, President Barack Obama came out in favor of the "strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality," endorsing a popular proposal that would empower the Federal Communications Commission to require Internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally and not charge content providers for better access. Obama said in a statement...
"We cannot allow Internet service providers to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas,"
But Obama critics see a different angle to this story. As opposed to internet equality for all Americans the Republicans see a chance to attack "Emperor" Obama... No really!
Ted Cruz lashed out against Net Neutrality calling it: "Obamacare For The Internet"
Republican House Speaker John Boehner lamented that...
“It’s disappointing, but not surprising, that the Obama administration continues to disregard the people’s will and push for more mandates on our economy.... Federal bureaucrats should not be in the business of regulating the Internet – not now, not ever. In the new Congress, Republicans will continue our efforts to stop this misguided scheme to regulate the Internet,”
The soon to be Republican Incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell claimed that...
“The growth of the Internet and the rapid adoption of mobile technology have been great American success stories, made possible by a light regulatory touch. This approach has freed innovators to develop and sell the products people want--and create jobs in the process--without waiting around for government permission. The President’s decision today to abandon this successful approach in favor of more heavy-handed regulation that will stifle innovation and concentrate more power in the hands of Washington bureaucrats is a terrible idea. The Commission would be wise to reject it.”
At this point is ts there nothing the right wing wont attack President Obama for... I think not.