President Barack Obama used YouTube to make himself available for questions and answers with the American public recently, and the internet portal was a likely venue for a question about the network neutrality controversy. He said that not only is he for it, so is his FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski.
Asked about his commitment to keep the internet open and neutral, Obama said, “Well, I’m a big believer in net neutrality. I campaigned on this. I continue to be a strong supporter of it. My FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski, has indicated that he shares the view that we’ve got to keep the Internet open; that we don’t want to create a bunch of gateways that prevent somebody who doesn’t have a lot of money but has a good idea from being able to start their next YouTube or their next Google on the Internet. So this is something we’re committed to.
“We’re getting pushback, obviously, from some of the bigger carriers who would like to be able to charge more fees and extract more money from wealthier customers. But we think that runs counter to the whole spirit of openness that has made the Internet such a powerful engine for not only economic growth, but also for the generation of ideas and creativity.”