President Obama said late Thursday that he was “unequivocally committed” to net neutrality and firmly opposed to any proposal that would let companies buy an Internet fast lane to deliver their content more quickly to consumers.
The statements, at a town-hall meeting in Santa Monica, Calif., on innovation, gave a strong signal to Mr. Obama’s Democratic appointees on the Federal Communications Commission that he wants them to heed the overwhelming public sentiment expressed in 3.7 million comments sent to the commission in recent months concerning a set of rules proposed by the commission meant to protect net neutrality.
A large majority of those comments, solicited by the commission, came out against Internet fast lanes — a practice known as paid prioritization.
Mr. Obama noted that the commission is an independent agency and thus he could not directly influence the decisions of the five commissioners, three of them Democrats and two Republicans. But he then strongly urged the commissioners to act. Read on….
Adapted from the nytimes.com