A move by major communications companies to take control of the internet has been thwarted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), whose vote February 26 for a strong net neutrality rule will keep the internet free and open to all Americans.
Not only was the President in favor of the FCC's ruling, millions of Americans signed petitions and spoke out against a takeover of the internet by big business. And it worked!
Most Americans are aware that access to commercial television is now controlled by just a few major corporations — the same ones that wanted to take control of the internet. If you have been unhappy with their control of TV, you can just imagine how it would be if they controlled the internet.
Following the FCC's ruling, the President sent the following message:
"Today's FCC decision will protect innovation and create a level playing field for the next generation of entrepreneurs — and it wouldn't have happened without Americans like you.
"More than 4 million people wrote in to the FCC, overwhelmingly in support of a free and fair internet. Countless others spoke out on social media, petitioned their government, and stood up for what they believe.
"I ran for office because I believe that nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change. That's the backbone of our democracy — and you've proven that this timeless principle is alive and well in our digital age.
"So to all the people who participated in this conversation, I have a simple message: Thank you."
Beau Weisman, Editor