President Obama Thanks Activists For Net Neutrality

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Blog for Iowa would also like to say congratulations and thank you to all of the internet users in Iowa who contacted the FCC on the issue of net neutrality.  It is because you participated that the free and open internet will now get protection from the ongoing threat of corporate ruin.

From The White House:

More than any other invention of our time, the Internet has unlocked possibilities we could just barely imagine a generation ago. And here’s a big reason we’ve seen such incredible growth and innovation: Most Internet providers have treated Internet traffic equally. That’s a principle known as “net neutrality” — and it says that an entrepreneur’s fledgling company should have the same chance to succeed as established corporations, and that access to a high school student’s blog shouldn’t be unfairly slowed down to make way for advertisers with more money.

Good things happen when people stand up.

The FCC just voted in favor of a strong net neutrality rule to keep the Internet open and free. That happened because millions of Americans across the country didn’t just care about this issue: You stood up and made your voices heard, whether by adding your names to petitions, submitting public comments, or talking with the people you know about why this matters. Read a special thank-you message from the President, then learn more about how we got to where we are today.

The White House
Washington

February 26, 2015

Today’s FCC decision will protect innovation and create a level playing field for the next generation of entrepreneurs–and it wouldn’t have happened without Americans like you.

More than 4 million people wrote in to the FCC, overwhelmingly in support of a free and fair internet. Countless others spoke out on social media, petitioned their government, and stood up for what they believe.

I ran for office because I believed that nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change. That’s the backbone of our democracy–and you’ve proven that this timeless principle is alive and well in our digital age.

So to all the people who participated in this conversation, I have a simple message:

Thank you,

Barack Obama

 

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1 Response to President Obama Thanks Activists For Net Neutrality

  1. Dave Bradley says:

    People need to know that the FCC also allowed municipalities to enter or expand internet services. This could make internet service actually competitive. We pay a lot for really crappy service across the US. This could introduce real competition into the marketplace:

    “The Federal Communications Commission will allow some cities and towns to set up and expand municipal Internet services, overruling state laws that had been put in place to block such efforts.” http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/02/fcc-did-lot-more-just-approve-net-neutrality-today

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