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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, Insightful) by spiritfiend on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:46PM

    by spiritfiend (964) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:46PM (#2437)

    Given that the Executive Branch does have oversight of the FCC, it is disheartening that the White House's response says that the FCC is "a separate entity". Sure, it's a separate entity, but it's under your oversight Mr. President! Not claiming oversight of your underlings malfeasance is a Mob-boss tactic. You can't wash your hands of what your subordinates do or don't do. He's basically saying it sure would be nice to have net neutrality enforced, but those other guys are in charge.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by SpallsHurgenson on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:21PM

    by SpallsHurgenson (656) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:21PM (#2471)

    Even more to the point, President Obama was the one who appointed the current FCC chief. He pushed Tom Wheeler into his current position, after he worked as a lobbyist for cable and telecom companies; it's not as if Obama is disinterested in the department's direction. If anyone can be expected to give the FCC its marching orders, it is the current President.

    Of course, the fact that Obama appointed somebody who worked professionally to not only to push the telecom industries agenda (and earlier to fund them, during his stint as a venture capitalist) gives a clear indication of what Obama really feels about Net Neutrality. He is merely setting up Wheeler to do the dirty work in hope of deflecting any bad press that might otherwise be aimed at the president when any and all hope of net neutrality goes down in flames .

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Rune of Doom on Wednesday February 19 2014, @04:18PM

      by Rune of Doom (1392) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @04:18PM (#2556)

      Exactly. Obama s well within his rights, both on paper and based on precedent to fire Wheeler if he won't do what Obama wants. Ergo, what Obama actually wants is what Wheeler is doing. We've seen this pattern for the entire Obama campaign and administration: talk a good game, prominently hype positions and people with rational pro-freedom, pro-public agendas... and then appoint a corporate sock-puppet to any positions with real power.

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by ganjadude on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:43PM

    by ganjadude (1844) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:43PM (#2485)

    Disheartening, but not unexpected. Every time the people ask for something we got a non answer. Everytime the corporations ask for something, they get a waiver. Senator obama would smack the crap out of president obama if they ever were able to meet face to face

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by SMI on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:56PM

      by SMI (333) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:56PM (#2496)

      Reminds me of a cartoon [truthdig.com] from some time ago.

      At least they bothered to respond to this particular petition that exceeded 100,000, I suppose...

    • (Score: 0, Flamebait) by Muad'Dave on Wednesday February 19 2014, @03:22PM

      by Muad'Dave (1413) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @03:22PM (#2515)

      I think Senator Obama would high-five President Obama for how completely he was able to hoodwink a whole country. They're both cut from the same sleazy Chicagoland political cloth, after all.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by HiThere on Wednesday February 19 2014, @08:47PM

      by HiThere (866) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday February 19 2014, @08:47PM (#2839) Journal

      I think you weren't paying attention to Senator Obama. He was on the FISA committee, and he found its actions good.

      I wasn't really very much surprised by Pres. Obama. He's not a bad as I was afraid he might be, and probably has been better than McCain would have been...certainly better than Palin. This is known as faint praise.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by tangomargarine on Wednesday February 19 2014, @07:51PM

    by tangomargarine (667) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @07:51PM (#2779)

    He's basically saying it sure would be nice to have net neutrality enforced, but those other guys are in charge.

    Particularly disheartening considering that the Executive Branch's ENTIRE REASON TO EXIST is enforcement!

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