Thank President Obama for supporting net neutrality, and encourage him to support treating the internet as a public utility.

Recently, President Obama made the strongest statement in support of net neutrality he’s made since the FCC’s current proposal was crafted in May. His statement also suggests that the views of his administration may be in conflict with the plan proposed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, which would allow telecom providers to create internet fast lanes.

"One of the issues around net neutrality is whether you are creating different rates or charges for different content providers. That's the big controversy here. So you have big, wealthy media companies who might be willing to pay more and also charge more for spectrum, more bandwidth on the Internet so they can stream movies faster.

I personally, the position of my administration, as well as a lot of the companies here, is that you don't want to start getting a differentiation in how accessible the Internet is to different users. You want to leave it open so the next Google and the next Facebook can succeed."

This is a positive step for the administration, one which Daily Kos and our allies are hopeful will lead to more leadership. President Obama should continue to push for an open internet–– free from fast and slow lanes controlled by telecom providers.

Sign and send the petition to the White House thanking President Obama for his statement and encouraging him to support a plan that would restore the FCC’s authority to regulate the internet as an essential public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

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