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posted by Dopefish on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the hopefully-not-paying-lip-service dept.

Fluffeh writes:

"When the D.C. U.S. Court of Appeals struck down the FCC's Open Internet Rules, a White House Petition was put up to 'direct the FCC to classify ISPs as "common carriers"'. With over 100k signatures, there is now an official response.

Absent net neutrality, the Internet could turn into a high-priced private toll road that would be inaccessible to the next generation of visionaries. The resulting decline in the development of advanced online apps and services would dampen demand for broadband and ultimately discourage investment in broadband infrastructure. An open Internet removes barriers to investment worldwide.

The petition asked that the President direct the FCC to reclassify Internet service providers as "common carriers" which, if upheld, would give the FCC a distinct set of regulatory tools to promote net neutrality. The FCC is an independent agency. Chairman Wheeler has publicly pledged to use the full authority granted by Congress to maintain a robust, free and open Internet a principle that this White House vigorously supports."

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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by Sir Garlon on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:44PM

    by Sir Garlon (1264) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:44PM (#2433)

    Here's a translation of the double-talk for those without the patience to read the White House's "response."

    Blah blah free speech blah blah cornerstone of our democracy.

    Blah blah isn't it great we have these petitions and aren't they good for democracy?

    Blah blah President Obama has been talking about net neutrality for a long time.

    Blah blah the former industry lobbyist we have put in charge of the FCC said he will do something and that's good enough for us.

    Blah blah you sure did ask for net neutrality.

    [Sir Garlon] is the marvellest knight that is now living, for he destroyeth many good knights, for he goeth invisible.
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