President Obama gives support to net neutrality argument

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama has given his backing to the plan to keep net neutrality in the US.

The leader of the free world has thrown his support behind the plans to retain net neutrality, which is the system that keeps all data travelling along on cables with the same priority.

Obama spoke in a video posted on The White House's official YouTube account stating that a free and open internet is the fundamental right of every American.

The President fears that if the US abandons the principles of net neutrality it 'would threaten to end the internet as we know it.'

He urged the FCC to strive to do 'everything they can to protect net neutrality for everyone.'

And added that ISPs cannot decide which shopping websites or streaming services you use, and that no web service should ever be allowed to pay for priority over its online rivals.

There have been numerous proposals by internet service providers in the US to end this system and instead introduce paid prioritisation systems. If this happened ISPs could charge higher fees for services that demand faster speeds and slow down those services who refuse or cannot afford to pay.  

The proposal to end neutrality has caused a huge debate in the states with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) receiving nearly four million comments about the subject.

Net neutrality supporters have called on the FCC to change ISPs from their current status as "information services" to "Title Two telecommunications services". In doing so it would allow the governing body to block the fast and slow lane proposals by treating providers as utilities.