TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Nov 11, 2014

President Barack Obama yesterday embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, the Memphis Daily News reports. In a public statement, the president called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to more heavily regulate Internet providers. Specifically, he said the FCC should prohibit providers from charging more for services that use a large amount of data; ban any “paid prioritization” on the Internet; and reclassify consumer broadband as a public utility. Content providers like Netflix, Twitter and Google applauded the proposal, while cable companies and other Internet service providers said the move would kill jobs and harm investment and innovation.