Obama Backs Away From Net Neutrality Campaign Promises After FCC Vote

Haley Sweetland Edwards writing for Time:

Barack Obama was crystal clear during the 2008 campaign about his commitment to ensuring equal treatment of all online content over American broadband lines. “I will take a backseat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality,” Obama told a crowd at Google in 2008. “Because once providers start to privilege some applications or websites over others then the smaller voices get squeezed out and we all lose.”

At a 2007 campaign forum, he went so far as to specifically promise that his Federal Communications Commission appointments would defend the principle of a “level playing field for whoever has the best idea.” “As president, I am going to make sure that that is the principle that my FCC commissioners are applying as we move forward,” he said.

But on Thursday, the President made no public statement when three Democrats he appointed to the FCC voted to move forward with a plan to allow broadband carriers to provide an exclusive “fast lane” to commercial companies that pay extra fees to get their content transmitted online. Instead, White House aides released a press release distancing the President from the decision.

Typical. I stopped being surprised about this President failing to keep promises to the technology industry long ago in favor of corporate lobbyists'special interests. This is ENTIRELY the President's fault for appointing former cable/telecom industry lobbyists to the FCC that are supposed to be protecting the public from these very people. You can release all of the bullshit press releases you want. Its too late for "distancing yourself".