Barack Obama on Net Neutrality

Last Updated : Dec 15, 2010

Summary

President Obama has remained a consistent supporter of net neutrality principles. In a MTV interview in 2007, President Obama stated that he supported net neutrality. This claim was reiterated in a November 2007 address to google. After becoming President, Obama stated in a press conference and an interview that he supported net neutrality.

 

MTV Interview

In October of 2007, Senator Obama was interviewed on MTV and asked about his position on net neutrality. He stated that he was a strong supported of net neutrality.

 

Google Address

In November of 2007, Senator Obama spoke at the headquarters of google and stated that he would take a back seat to no one in pursuing a net neutrality principle.

 

Keeping the Internet Open and Free

In a May 2009 press conference, President Obama stated that he was committed to the idea of net neutrality.

 

Youtube Interview

In February of 2010, President Obama was interviewed on youtube and again asserted his support for the principle of net neutrality.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-109; Bill Number-S 2917; Internet Freedom Preservation Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to establish certain Internet neutrality duties for broadband service providers, including not interfering with, or discriminating against, the ability of any person to use broadband service in a lawful manner. Allows providers to engage in activities in furtherance of certain management and business-related practices, such as protecting network security and offering consumer protection services such as parental controls. Prohibits a provider from requiring a subscriber, as a condition on the purchase of broadband service, to purchase any cable service, telecommunications service, or IP-enabled voice service.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 215; Internet Freedom Preservation Act - Cosponsor

Establishes Internet neutrality duties for broadband service providers, including not interfering with, or discriminating against, the ability of any person to use broadband service in a lawful manner. Allows providers to engage in activities in furtherance of certain management and business-related practices, such as protecting network security and offering consumer protection services such as parental controls. Prohibits a provider from requiring a subscriber, as a condition on the purchase of broadband service, to purchase any cable service, telecommunications service, or IP-enabled voice service. Requires a report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to specified congressional committees on provider delivery of broadband content, applications, and services.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 2917; Internet Freedom Preservation Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to establish certain Internet neutrality duties for broadband service providers (providers), including not interfering with, or discriminating against, the ability of any person to use broadband service in a lawful manner.

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