President Obama has come out in support of reclassifying internet service as a utility, a move that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to enforce more robust regulations and protect net neutrality. “To put these protections in place, I’m asking the FCC to reclassifying internet service under Title II of a law known as the Telecommunications Act,” Obama says in a statement this morning. “In plain English, I’m asking [the FCC] to recognize that for most Americans, the internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life.”
Good news, but for now, these are nothing more than mere words – which politicians have in abundance – and not an actual law or policy. The FCC is free to make its own decisions, and could just as easily toss all this aside. With the pendulum of American politics currently firmly in the Republican camp, it just seems unlikely that this will actually become policy.