More than any other invention of our time, the Internet has unlocked possibilites we could barely fathom a generation ago and has provided an equal platform for new generations to define our future. That is why President Obama is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to implement the strongest set of rules that will protect the principle of net neutrality and ensure an open and free Internet for all.
Americans across the country -- and the world wide web -- were quick to express strong support for the President's plan. Here's a look at what just a few people -- from congressmembers and reporters to technology experts and Internet platforms like Netflix and Tumblr -- have to say about the President's support for net neutrality:
Big companies shouldnt be able to dictate how we use the web. POTUS plan is step to preserve net neutrality on web http://t.co/aykcyiFjCX— Niki Tsongas (@nikiinthehouse) November 10, 2014
I am so happy to read the president’s statement on #NetNeutrality today. This is the strong, unambiguous message I’ve been waiting for.— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) November 10, 2014
Obama drops the hammer: Keep the Internet free and save net neutrality http://t.co/jmW3BnM6oT— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) November 10, 2014
It's pretty huge that POTUS has come out in support of reclassifying the Internet as a utility. Statement: http://t.co/iBN7PgzJ3C— Elise Hu (@elisewho) November 10, 2014
1/3 POTUS wrong to push Title II for #netneutrality. 80 year old laws will only stifle 21st century technologies.— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) November 10, 2014
2/3 What POTUS is suggesting for #netneutrality is like requiring Tweets to be written in Morse Code.— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) November 10, 2014
I commend President Obama on his support for strong and clear net neutrality rules through reclassification http://t.co/qEs8YrWZH1— Rep. Zoe Lofgren (@RepZoeLofgren) November 10, 2014
The White House's announced Net Neutrality policy is 100% on target http://t.co/eKIVB9RVoJ— Tim Wu (@superwuster) November 10, 2014
The President is right: “There should be no gatekeepers between you and your favorite online sites and services.” http://t.co/5PQdm7hiOo— Netflix US (@netflix) November 10, 2014
And here's a few headlines:
"The nation’s biggest tech companies praised President Obama’s net neutrality proposal announced Monday."
"Bottom line, this is a pretty big deal. The president has long supported the principle of net neutrality, but has never before come this far in backing a specific approach to protect it."
"President Barack Obama has called on the Federal Communications Commission to lay down “the strongest possible rules” to protect net neutrality, saying that internet service providers should not be allowed to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace."
"Good news, America. Our president, Barack Obama, is finally standing up for the internet, and asking the FCC to classify it as a public utility. In other words, he's asking the agency not to allow destructive things like fast lanes (a.k.a. paid prioritization) or throttling."
To learn more about the President's plan and what you can do to spread the word, visit obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/net-neutrality.