Obama endorses net neutrality, asks the FCC to classify internet as a utility

By Scorpus · 30 replies
Nov 11, 2014
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  1. The President of the United States, Barack Obama, has made a statement coming out in support of net neutrality, asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify internet service as a utility. This reclassification would recognize that "the internet has become...

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  2. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +152

    So Obama has finally gotten word that his approval rating is truly abysmal. I guess its just a coincidence that its been less then a week since his party got smashed in an election. I mean, net neutrality has been an important subject all year. This "support" for net neutrality is easily 6 months late from being an honest cause. But, if it helps to keep net neutrality alive, I guess I'll take it.
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    I hope Net Neutrality becomes a thing. Surely if Obama is pushing Net Neutrality ISP's must realize they are doomed?
  4. If it is considered as utility then it will be covered under free subsidized county payment check where this people get state or federal check under section 8. So when we all will be paying a dearly price to enjoy internet lots of people wills be getting it for free to it does have it's side effects.
  5. Dammit FCC, you didn't build that. The internet didn't get invented on it's own.
  6. NonApplicable

    NonApplicable TS Rookie

    You truly entertain me
    - Congress has a lower approval rating than any other congress in history.
    - Smashed by whom? A select few states were ignorant and went for big business Republicans.

    I could careless if Obama waited to the last day of his presidency to bring up Net Neutrality. The fact it is making headlines is very important. A majority of the public don't even know what net neutrality is, let alone to its importance.
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  7. Yay, taxes for Internet usage!
  8. What are you talking about?
  9. Exactly.... but to many posting here don't see that.
  10. BadThad

    BadThad TS Booster Posts: 140   +74

    - Lower approval rating - due to Harry Reid blocking everything.
    - The ignorant, uninformed voters stayed home because Oblamo wasn't running and most probably didn't realize it was time to vote.
  11. NonApplicable said:
    "You truly entertain me

    - Congress has a lower approval rating than any other congress in history.

    - Smashed by whom? A select few states were ignorant and went for big business Republicans."

    1. Congress does have an awful approval rating. That has a lot to do with the fact that the Senate, with Harry Ried, shielded anything from ever reaching the presidents desk. Every budget, every bill that came out of the House was either stripped of efficacy, loaded with pork, or swatted down before it ever got to the president.

    2. The Republicans gained control of the Senate by taking 22 or 36 seats up for election. They took 24 of the 36 gubernatorial elections, with Maryland, Illinois, and Massachusetts being included in those. The Democrats were spanked this year. The Republicans that won all ran on issues of Amnesty and ACA and won handily.
  12. "Lower approval rating - due to Harry Reid blocking everything."

    Right because the republicans were the only ones willing to cooperate? LOL

    Try not cooperating just for the sole purpose of making the president look bad at the expense of the people that elected them.

    Or maybe those voters stayed home because the last time they tried to vote, REPUBLICANS purposely made it incredibly more difficult to VOTE AT ALL. Thanks to republicans, in my county alone there was only 1 or 2 places to vote. People spent over 4 hours in line to cast a vote.

    Once you block out voters, THEN you block "everything."

    But in your eyes that's still somehow Obama's fault.
  13. Would you prefer to pay taxes on the internet or have privatization and prioritization rule it? Personally, I'd rather pay taxes to have it work the way the People see fit rather than how a corporation would like to have it work for it's own intents.
  14. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,071   +428

    I'll take my chances and pay the companies. At least that way I could choose to stop paying them.
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  15. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +152

    You truly entertain me. Funny how you bring up Congress' approval rating. I don't expect it will change any time soon but it should be noted that democrats just lost control of the Senate as a result of both low approval rating for congress and the president. You know... its crazy how much the democrats spend in campaigning (in a losing effort) and yet its still the rich republicans which are the oppressors. How is it the democrats can have their cake and eat it too? Nonetheless, if you choose to ignore the obvious about the elections last week, there is nothing I can do about it. And yes, any publicity on Net Neutrality is welcomed but I presume you meant to say you couldn't care less because if you could care less, then you currently care more then the least you could possibly care. But obviously you should care because the world does not wait on Obama to make up his mind about something. His support would've been much more genuine and useful many months ago when Net Neutrality was making the news already. This is not actually likely to reach an audience that isn't already invested and informed about Net Neutrality.
  16. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,737   +3,757

    Debating politics with techies is like discussing philosophy with subjectivists: rhetoric > dialectic.

    As for Net Neutrality... only a fool would support the classification of the Internet as a basic utility. It seems NN proponents subscribe to the best case scenario of new regulations making the Internet Equal and Better for All™, without (1) examining the regulation of other basic utilities and (2) the implications of the language of new regs – a curiously scarce detail.

    I also find it amusing that, given how much progressive-minded commenters lament the current state and regulation of other public utilities (and the various corporate monopolies thereof), somehow believe that subjecting the Internet to the exact same regulation and oversight is somehow going to improve the service.
    cmbjive likes this.
  17. Too many! couldn't help it
  18. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    Went for big business Republicans? That must explain why Obama is pressing for something that Google, AOL, Yahoo, Netflix, and whole host of other big businesses support.

    And I love how the states are ignorant when they vote for the GOP, but are noble when they vote for Democrats. Gotta love the double-standard of the Left.
    davislane1 likes this.
  19. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    Why do you want to pay taxes for something that you have no trouble using now without government interference? I never understand the logic of the Left.
  20. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    People seem to think how they get their water, electricity, and phone is a better way than how they currently get their internet because they seem to think they will pay less money if the government gets involved.
  21. Just ask yourself this.... Why do you believe Obama?

    This is the sam person who told you you could KEEP your Healthcare insurance and your Doctor.

    The guy is a lying Sack of Shitaki
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  22. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,737   +3,757

    Don't forget the part about new coverage being cheaper.
  23. dms96960

    dms96960 TS Addict Posts: 297   +59

    I look at this glass as half-empty. There will be higher taxes for the rest of us plus higher fees in order for internet access to be provided to EVERYONE. For example, if your income is $10,000 or less you will be provided with free high-speed internet (and probably a new high-end laptop to access it). Guess who ends up paying for all that? That's how this government works (or doesn't).
  24. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe TS Guru Posts: 711   +381

    It's become fairly apparent that a large percentage of the U.S. [voting] population love to be lied to and sold on unrealistic Hope and Change fantasies. Easier to let someone else make hard decisions and easier to take other people's money. Sad and pathetic.
  25. Hexic

    Hexic TS Maniac Posts: 333   +164

    Staying on topic - this is exactly what I was thinking. This is why government involvement matters. The feds are too big to fail. If quality internet was to (hypothetically) start abysmally lacking, can we count on government efficiency and tact to solve the problem not only in a timely manner, but correctly?

    The answer is no. Look at the launch of healthcare.gov. Pathetic would be a compliment, that was such a terrible flop.

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