President Barack Obama wants to reclassify the internet as a utility, he said in a new statement released by the White House on Monday.
That would allow the Federal Communications Committee to enforce heavier restrictions on it and protect net neutrality. “The time has come for the FCC to recognize that broadband service is of the same importance and must carry the same obligations as so many of the other vital services do,” Obama said.
Obama’s statement comes after the FCC said back in April that it was working on a new set of rules that would allow internet service providers to treat web traffic differently, potentially prioritizing large companies.
Basically, the new rules would allow big companies to pay extra to receive faster internet connections than the rest of us.
Instead of treating all users equally, ISPs would be required only to offer subscribers a “baseline” level of service. Larger companies would be able to pay more to get faster service.
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