WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, dozens of advocacy organizations and companies released a letter to President Obama in response to his recent vocal support for fair and meaningful Net Neutrality rules.
The full text of the letter appears below.
Earlier this week, you made a strong statement in support of Net Neutrality by saying:
“One of the issues around Net Neutrality is whether you are creating different rates or charges for different content providers. That's the big controversy here. So you have big, wealthy media companies who might be willing to pay more and also charge more for spectrum, more bandwidth on the Internet so they can stream movies faster.
“I personally, the position of my administration, as well as a lot of the companies here, is that you don't want to start getting a differentiation in how accessible the Internet is to different users. You want to leave it open so the next Google and the next Facebook can succeed.”
We want to thank you for making your support for Net Neutrality clear and we are counting on you to take action to ensure equality on the Internet. A level playing field has been vital for innovation, opportunity and freedom of expression, and we agree that the next big thing will not succeed without it. We need to avoid a future with Internet slow lanes for everybody except for a few large corporations who can pay for faster service.
Like you, we believe in preserving an open Internet, where Internet service providers treat data equally, regardless of who is creating it and who is receiving it. Your vision of Net Neutrality is fundamentally incompatible with FCC’s plan, which would explicitly allow for paid prioritization. The only way for the FCC to truly protect an open Internet is by using its clear Title II authority. Over the next few months, we need your continued and vocal support for fair and meaningful Net Neutrality rules. Our organizations will continue to pressure the FCC to put forth solidly based rules, and will continue to encourage you and other elected officials to join us in doing so.
Thank you again for standing up for the open Internet so that small businesses and people everywhere have a fair shot.
Center for Media Justice
Democracy for America
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Fight for the Future
Free Press Action Fund
Media Action Grassroots Network
Media Mobilizing Project
National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture
National Hispanic Media Coalition
New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute
Student Net Alliance
Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press
Women's Media Center