Barack Obama strongly supports the principle of network neutrality
November 15th, 2007

It would seem not only appropriate, but crucial to our country’s future, that all Presidential candidates support network neutrality. Kudos to Obama for doing so when he announced the Obama Tech Plan yesterday. The Obama’08 Technology and Innovation webpage states five key points. The first one is fundamental support for keeping the digital world open:

Barack Obama’s comprehensive technology and innovation plan will:

* Ensure the full and free exchange of information among Americans through an open Internet and diverse media outlets. . . . Barack Obama strongly supports the principle of network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet. Users must be free to access content, to use applications, and to attach personal devices. They have a right to receive accurate and honest information about service plans. But these guarantees are not enough to prevent network providers from discriminating in ways that limit the freedom of expression on the Internet. Because most Americans only have a choice of only one or two broadband carriers, carriers are tempted to impose a toll charge on content and services, discriminating against websites that are unwilling to pay for equal treatment. This could create a two-tier Internet in which websites with the best relationships with network providers can get the fastest access to consumers, while all competing websites remain in a slower lane. Such a result would threaten innovation, the open tradition and architecture of the Internet, and competition among content and backbone providers. It would also threaten the equality of speech through which the Internet has begun to transform American political and cultural discourse. Barack Obama supports the basic principle that network providers should not be allowed to charge fees to privilege the content or applications of some web sites and Internet applications over others. This principle will ensure that the new competitors, especially small or non-profit speakers, have the same opportunity as incumbents to innovate on the Internet and to reach large audiences. Obama will protect the Internet’s traditional openness to innovation and creativity and ensure that it remains a platform for free speech and innovation that will benefit consumers and our democracy.


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