US cable companies ‘stunned’ by Obama’s ‘extreme’ net neutrality proposals

America’s major telecoms and cable companies and business groups came out fighting on Monday after Barack Obama called for tough new regulations for broadband that would protect net neutrality, saying they were “stunned” by the president’s proposals.The president called for new regulations to protect “net neutrality” – the principle that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally. His move came as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finalises a new set of proposals for regulation after the old rules were overturned by a series of court defeats at the hands of cable and telecom companies. see:Obama backs net neutrality plan
Open net access should be seen as a basic right that all Americans should enjoy, President Obama has said.He said he supported net neutrality, which means all data travels on cables with the same priority.There should be no paid prioritisation system that slowed services if they did not pay a fee, he added. vs. the Internet: The President pressures the FCC to exert political control over the Web.
So much for the will of the voters. Before last Tuesday’s elections, President Obama said that while he wasn’t on the ballot, his policies were. Now that the American people have rebuked those policies, Mr. Obama is attempting another federal power grab over an innovative U.S. industry.On Monday he urged the Federal Communications Commission to apply to the Internet century-old telephone regulations designed for public utilities. In a video posted on Youtube, Mr. Obama endorsed the regulation of Internet access providers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Obama’s Net Neutrality Gambit Work?
President Barack Obama isn’t waiting to see how a new Republican Senate majority will govern. He’s taking the fight to them by seizing on issues that are political winners in the wake of a wave of electoral losses last week.The most recent example came Monday when Obama infuriated Republicans (and at least one of top fundraiser) by calling on the FCC to support net neutrality, taking a strong position that comes with little political risk. Many in his party support it, it gives him some common ground with Silicon Valley and puts him on the opposite side of Comcast, one of America’s least favorite cable companies, whose customer service problems were crystallized in July by a recording of a call-center employee refusing a request to disconnect service.

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