Obama outlines his amazing plan for net neutrality - haha fuck you big cable!

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Got this email from Becky Bond at CREDO Action, in regards to Net Neutrality and President Obama:

After months of intense public pressure, the second largest online protest in history, and millions of emails and phone calls, President Obama just released an incredibly strong statement calling for the FCC to protect net neutrality using full Title II reclassification.


We knew the President opposed paid prioritization, but he hadn’t come out with any specific plans. I actually cheered when I watched his statment about net neutrality:

“Net neutrality” has been built into the fabric of the Internet since its creation — but it is also a principle that we cannot take for granted. 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. That is why today, I am asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.

And now all the cable companies are throwing giant public temper tantrums1 because apparently they “can’t afford it”, and nobody wants what they want. It’s actually a little humorous.

I like how Fred Wilson puts it:

Our communications policy in the US is backward. We have allowed the telcos to capture the regulators and they are spending their dollars lobbying and buying off congress instead of investing in their networks.

The telcos argue that they cannot afford to invest in their networks and yet Verizon makes $23bn in net after tax income, AT&T makes $28bn in after tax income, and Comcast makes $7bn in net after tax income. Maybe if they were investing in their networks so we can have the 100Mbps that people in Hong Kong get, I’d be a little more sympathetic to their argument.

This shit is why punk rock was invented.

  1. I can’t resist calling them out individually. In the “greedy corporations who want to own the Internet and suck you dry” category, we have: AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and of course Verizon. In the “dirty politicians who want to ruin the Internet and suck giant corporate dicks” category, we have: Senator Ted Cruz, TechFreedom, CTIA Wireless Association, and last but not least, the cable industry’s very own political darling, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. [return]