Dear MoveOn member,
I'm Joe Niederberger, and along with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, I started a petition to President Barack Obama, which says:
On MTV in 2007, I asked Barack Obama a question about Net neutrality. And he gave me a fantastic promise that he would stand for Internet freedom.
But now, Net neutrality is under attack. Obama's new FCC chair—a cable industry lobbyist—may break the promise the president made to me and all of us.
Here's what Obama told me on MTV in October 2007:
I am a strong supporter of Net neutrality ... As president, I'm going to make sure that that is the principle that my FCC commissioners are applying. Without Net neutrality you could download and get much better quality from the Fox News site, and you'd be getting rotten service from some mom-and-pop site. And that, I think, destroys one of the best things about the Internet, which is that there's this incredible equality there. [Facebook and Google] might not have been started if you had not had a level playing field.
But all that could change. Last week, the New York Times reported that Obama's appointed FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, is proposing a new set of rules in which broadband providers—phone and cable companies—will be allowed to charge fees for faster delivery of video and other data to consumers.1
These new rules will be released on May 15, so we must act now. Join me in demanding that President Obama's Net neutrality promise be kept.
1. "Lobbying Efforts Intensify After F.C.C. Tries 3rd Time on Net Neutrality," The New York Times, April 24, 2014
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