Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States
Goal: Praise speech advocating for an open and neutral internet
President Obama expressed his support for net neutrality in a recent statement. He urged the United States government and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to preserve a free and open internet, and proposed treating broadband services as utilities. By doing this, regulators would be able to ensure that each customer gets equal access to internet services.
The FCC is currently in the process of devising a set of regulations for internet services in America. It is considering whether to allow providers to give priority speed to larger websites able to pay for the increased service, while slowing connections to smaller, independent websites. The alternative, which is supported by the majority of Americans, Congress, and even the president, would see the internet kept open and neutral, much like it is now.
Prioritizing service for particular companies could change the internet substantially. Without neutral services, small businesses and independent websites could be drowned out by larger companies able to pay for the speed boost. This would go against the internet’s basic spirit of innovation and accessibility, and could have a negative effect on millions of users worldwide.
While there is immense support for net neutrality coming from politicians, corporations, and citizens, the issue needs as much attention as possible until the FCC makes a final decision. Obama is not only a powerful person to have as a supporter, but his speech will call more attention to the debate. Sign the petition below to commend Obama’s advocacy for net neutrality.
Dear President Barack Obama,
In a recent speech you expressed support for net neutrality, a hotly debated topic on which the FCC will issue a decision in the coming months. Rather than prioritizing services for paying companies, you suggested treating broadband services like utilities, guaranteeing open and equal services to all customers.
Without net neutrality, the landscape of the internet could change, becoming a hostile environment for smaller, independent websites that could be considered low-priority to profit-focused broadband providers. Meanwhile, heavy-traffic sites get even more attention, accumulating an even bigger portion of customer bases.
Joining millions of citizens along with politicians and corporate executives to express support for net neutrality will strengthen the movement greatly. We, the undersigned, applaud your advocacy for a free an open internet, and ask that you continue your support.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Google via Creative Commons