As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers allowing Internet “fast lanes” for the exclusive use of corporations and the 1 Percent, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is looking to hold President Obama accountable to the commitment he made to an online “level playing field.” In 2007, candidate Obama declared, “I am a strong supporter of net neutrality.” Sign the petition here.
According to the Washington Post, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler will ask the commission to vote May 15 on a proposal to eliminate net neutrality. The new rule has not yet been made public.
The FCC’s Open Internet Rules were struck down in a federal appeals court this January, which left room to rewrite the rules to how the Internet works. Only a month after the rules were struck down, Netflix struck a deal with Comcast that would give the movie streaming service preferentially fast speeds.
On MTV in 2007, Barack Obama told Joe Niederberger that he’d defend Net Neutrality. Now, a new FCC Chair threatens to let cable and phone companies create an Internet fast lane for big corporations and a slow lane for everyone else.