Obama speaks with forked tongue.
President Barack Obama sided with open-Internet activists on Monday, urging the Federal Communications Commission to draft new rules that would reclassify the broadband net to regulate it more like a public utility.
The end result would tie the hands of Internet service providers that want to cut special deals with services like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and Amazon to push their streaming content along a ‘fast lane’ that ordinary Americans can’t access.
The FCC has been working on the new rule for seven months, and has received nearly 4 million comments from the public.
Its first attempt at a ‘net neutrality’ rule met with the judicial axe in January with a federal court sided with Verizon and ruled that the government agency lacks the legal authority to control how Internet companies set their prices.
Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a framework this year that prohibited Internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner Cable from blocking any content, but allowed deals where content providers would pay ISPs to ensure smooth delivery of traffic.
Wheeler said in April that his FCC would propose that ‘broadband providers would be required to offer a baseline level of service to their subscribers, along with the ability to enter into individual negotiations with content providers.’
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