Well that was fast. It appears that the post-election attempt at compromise and bipartisanship might be in danger. Yesterday President Obama (again) announced his support for Net Neutrality. We here at ERA have a long record of sharing the President’s support for an open and free Internet.
However, President Obama’s request that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulate Internet providers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 was a bit unexpected. That basically means that President Obama considers the Internet a public good that should be regulated like a utility rather than as an optional consumer good among many in the marketplace.
Expect fireworks in the weeks and months ahead as Democrats square off against Republicans all fueled by intense industry pressure and funding in hopes of escaping potential regulation. Netflix should be happy as well about this development.