Obama supports uncensored internet

President-elect Barack Obama want internet providers in the USA to support ‘network neutrality’ – the the principle that Internet service providers should not be able to discriminate against any of the information that they carry. Net neutrality laws are necessary to ensure that Internet service providers do not block content they disagree with, the incoming US President believes.

Mr Obama’s internet agenda

In a speech this month about his economic stimulus plan, (President-elect Barack Obama) said that he intends to ensure that every child has a chance to get online and that he would use some of the stimulus money to connect libraries and schools. It is a critical goal. Children trapped on the wrong side of the digital divide are deprived of a fair chance to educate themselves and to compete for high-skill, high-paying jobs.

Mr. Obama has also been a strong supporter of "network neutrality," the principle that Internet service providers should not be able to discriminate against any of the information that they carry. Net neutrality laws are necessary to ensure that Internet service providers do not block content they disagree with or give financial breaks to big tech companies, squeezing out smaller competitors and stifling innovation.

Mr. Obama will need to work with Congress – and fight against corporate lobbyists – to accomplish some of his goals. Some he can achieve on his own. With the right appointments to the Federal Communications Commission, he should be able to get good net neutrality regulations.

See the New York Times article http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/16/opinion/16tue3.html?th&emc=th

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