Candidate Obama Was Pro Net Neutrality: What Happened?

Slow Lane AheadAs 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.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on May 3, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    Sorry Richard, but I’ve had nothing but trouble with donating to important causes. My Norton protection software, which was supposed to be free with my Centurylink phone bill has gone completely haywire.

    I tried to donate $20 plus a $1 donation to the site, but it refuses to go through.

    I spent the last whole day rebooting my computer to get Norton to work with no results.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on May 3, 2014 - 6:14 pm

    Maybe this will, finally, get people in the streets! I can’t imagine that the masses are donating to anti-internet organizations.

    Ken?

  3. #3 by brewski on May 3, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    You mean just like every other position he has held and reneged on?

    • #4 by Richard Warnick on May 4, 2014 - 12:13 pm

      Thanks for your support of net neutrality. If that’s what you meant. People who voted for Obama voted for freedom of speech on the Internet.

      • #5 by brewski on May 5, 2014 - 7:36 am

        I meant that Obama has reneged on pretty much every position that he ran on. So net neutrality is no different.

        Remember closing Gitmo? Ha!

        • #6 by Richard Warnick on May 5, 2014 - 11:41 am

          This is why I can’t understand the scorched-earth total opposition to President Obama coming from the right. Objectively, he’s a Republican president.

  4. #7 by Larry Bergan on May 3, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    brewski:

    YOU try being president under Cheney and the vast white empire. Good luck!

    Don’t get shot or nuked.

  5. #8 by Larry Bergan on May 3, 2014 - 9:02 pm

    And just when Cliff got OneUtah running great!

    Crap!

    • #9 by Nathan Erkkila on May 4, 2014 - 1:50 pm

      To be fair, the speeds that One Utah runs at are terrible. Probably worse than what an ISP is daring to do.

  6. #10 by Nathan Erkkila on May 4, 2014 - 1:49 pm

    Democrats were all for net neutrality until 2010 when they found out that the people who use the internet find them accountable.

  7. #11 by Larry Bergan on May 4, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    This isn’t any different from somebody butting in line ahead of you, when you stood there for hours. How does that make you feel America?

  8. #12 by Larry Bergan on May 4, 2014 - 6:28 pm

    Well, except for the fact that you’ll never know who butted in front of you. All the FCC chairman has to do is put on a Groucho Marx mask when he goes out in public.

    • #13 by Nathan Erkkila on May 4, 2014 - 8:58 pm

      Yeah I doubt that. Maybe it’s me being an optimist, but if this thing was huge and very disruptive, he would not be safe. People on the internet gave out death threats to the Occulus Rift developers when Facebook bought them out.

    • #14 by Larry Bergan on May 4, 2014 - 9:26 pm

      Nathan:

      I have no idea what you’re talking about. What is “Occulus Rift” or “this thing”?

      Please elaborate.

      • #15 by Nathan Erkkila on May 4, 2014 - 11:27 pm

        Oh right. I forgot this was a forum that’s frequented by the not so tech-savvy. The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality helmet that can move the camera based off of the movement of your head. It was considered the next big thing until Facebook bought the company making the device. As a result, several hundred angry gamers sent letters to the developers and Facebook executives threatening to kill them and telling them to commit suicide.

        The problem with the video game community is that there are several people who never got accepted by society and often times, they are socially isolated because of mental problems and instability. So it’s not uncommon that we get these threats. A popular one involved several death and rape threats to a feminist who made a video about the role of female characters is games. There were others. Death threats occurred because a critic gave a very popular game a 9 out of 10. Another threat came after someone gave game of the year to a not so popular game. Outside of that, you have people who get so mad at losing a game, they would stalk the person who beat them and called the police saying that the person is doing something that warrants the use of the SWAT team. It’s called Swatting and it’s a not too uncommon occurrence. The community is so insane, it’s unbelievable. There are also several places online where they reside. Here is the more infamous one. Needless to say if these people are willing to kill others just for having a different opinion, then imagine what would happen if all these people got cut off from their favorite websites? Odds are the executives of Comcast know that.

        • #16 by Richard Warnick on May 5, 2014 - 11:31 am

          You really think that the FCC chairman or Comcast execs are so afraid of random crazy people that it will affect their decisions?

          • #17 by Nathan Erkkila on May 5, 2014 - 3:21 pm

            Considering the more volatile nature of American society and the potential to anger the mentally ill, it may not be down to whether they are afraid or not, but whether they will be safe after this decision. In retrospect, the person who deregulated the airline industry had to go into hiding for the rest of his life. More recently and for completely unjustified reasons, Malcolm McDowell cannot go to a Star Trek convention in fear of his safety for his character killing Kirk. There are some very scary people in the US.

          • #18 by Richard Warnick on May 5, 2014 - 4:22 pm

            I don’t doubt the existence of homicidal maniacs. I suspect that their influence on public policy is practically nonexistent. You’re welcome to prove me wrong.

            For example, you say. “the person who deregulated the airline industry had to go into hiding for the rest of his life.” Can you provide a link?

          • #19 by brewski on May 6, 2014 - 12:04 pm

            Jimmy Carter is in hiding for the rest of his life?

          • #20 by Larry Bergan on May 6, 2014 - 10:26 pm

            I guess that’s why Carter went on Bill Maher’s show a couple of weeks ago. Where did that come from, brewski?

          • #21 by Larry Bergan on May 6, 2014 - 10:30 pm

            Nathan:

            Malcolm McDowell isn’t afraid to show up anywhere. He was in Salt Lake a little over a year ago in a small theater, for a discussion and showing of “A Clockwork Orange”. Do you have any links proving he’s afraid to go to our “Comicon” events or any “Star Trek” events?

  9. #22 by Larry Bergan on May 6, 2014 - 10:44 pm

    Hmm. Just checked my bank account and it looks like the donation went through after all.

    Good. Hope it helps.

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