Washington — In an open letter to constituents, President Obama thanked citizens for vociferously supporting the new net neutrality rules approved today by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Over 4 million people wrote to the agency, he said, while “countless others” petitioned the government and took to social media in support of open and unfettered Internet access.
The outpouring helped sway the FCC to reclassify ISPs as public utilities.
The president’s letter follows:
The White House
February 26, 2015
Today’s FCC decision will protect innovation and create a level playing field for the next generation of entrepreneurs — and it wouldn’t have happened without Americans like you.
More than 4 million people wrote in to the FCC, overwhelmingly in support of a free and fair internet. Countless others spoke out on social media, petitioned their government, and stood up for what they believe.
I ran for office because I believed that nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change. That’s the backbone of our democracy — and you’ve proven that this timeless principle is alive and well in our digital age.
So to all the people who participated in this conversation, I have a simple message: