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Obama's Net Neutrality Statement: What it Really Means



Obama's Net Neutrality Statement: What it Really MeansUPDATED NOV 10, 5:45PM TO INCLUDE RESPONSE FROM HOUSE AND SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADERS.

After years of general statements encouraging net neutrality — the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all Internet traffic equally — President Barack Obama today (Nov. 10) came out definitively in favor of the cause, in both written and video statements. Is this a toothless pronunciation by a second-term president whose party just lost control of the Senate? Or does he have solid legal rationale and authority to back up what he said? It may be a little of both.

Obama's roughly 1,100-word statement is carefully constructed around esoteric excerpts from U.S. telecommunications law and recent legal precedent. It's worth reading the full statement on the White House's website. But to put it in context, take a look at this deconstruction of the legal background for the most important statements.

MORE: What Is Net Neutrality?

The Law Behind the Speech

Obama's net neutrality statement is based mainly on two laws, two Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulatory decisions and two court cases:



11.11.2014
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