Obama takes a stance in reclassifying internet as a basic utility under Title II. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) will vote in February for new net neutrality rules, which will provide fair and open Internet to all citizens without blocking and throttling of the service by the broadband providers.
Obama said,” We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.” FCC chairman Tom Wheeler plans to circulate a draft proposal next month followed by vote to take place a week later. New rules are expected to keep broadband providers from speeding up or slowing down some selected Web sites compared to others. Republican lawmakers are likely to introduce legislation this month to prevent the new FCC rules.
Source: The Washington Post