If Comcast really is militantly left-wing, why on earth is President Obama making life so hard for the company?
He already came out in favor of a net neutrality plan Comcast opposes. Now he’s explicitly calling for the creation of more broadband Internet service providers — essentially, a bunch of competitors for the Philadelphia-based company.
Gizmodo calls it “Obama’s Plan to Loosen Comcast’s Stranglehold on Your Internet”, and reports:
The first step, as outlined in a new White House report, is to get rid of state laws that favour the big broadband players, and stifle new competition:
“19 states currently have barriers in place limiting community broadband and protecting incumbent providers from competition. President Obama believes that there should be a level playing field for community-based solutions and is announcing today a series of steps that the Administration will be taking to foster consumer and community choice.”
The first step will be the Administration filing a letter with the FCC asking it to address these laws — something the FCC is already looking at doing. Furthermore, though, the report calls on the federal government to remove “all unnecessary regulatory and policy barriers to broadband build-out and competition, and [the President] is establishing a new Broadband Opportunity Council of over a dozen government agencies with the singular goal of speeding up broadband deployment and promoting adoptions for our citizens.”