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President Obama: Don’t kill the Internet.

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The petition reads:

"President Obama: Tom Wheeler, the FCC Chair you appointed, has proposed rules that would kill the free and open Internet. Don’t sit on the sidelines and allow this to happen. You have promised to support Net Neutrality, now it’s time for you to keep your word."

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    President Obama: Don’t kill the Internet.

    On Thursday, President Obama's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed adopting rules that will kill the Internet as we know it. On a 3-2 vote, Democrats on the FCC voted to advance a proposal to end Net Neutrality.

    Thanks to intense grassroots pressure, the FCC also suggested that the public should be asked to weigh in on an alternative that CREDO and Internet users have been advocating for -- to overturn Bush-era deregulation and reclassify the Internet as a public utility.

    The fate of the Internet at stake. We need President Obama to step in and take action now to save equality on the Internet.

    Tell President Obama: Don't kill the Internet.

    Here's what's happening: The president's newly appointed FCC Chair Tom Wheeler has put the FCC on course to allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to divide the Internet into fast lanes for wealthy corporations and slow lanes for the rest of us. If successful, this would amount to nothing less than the corporate takeover of the Internet and the death of Net Neutrality.

    But because of a massive public backlash against the proposed rules, Chairman Wheeler was forced to keep the door open to the change we really need -- undoing Bush-era deregulation and reclassifying the Internet as a public utility, which is the only way to establish Net Neutrality regulations with teeth.

    As a candidate, President Obama promised to be a strong defender of Net Neutrality. With President Obama's FCC Chair leading the charge to kill the Internet, the president has a responsibility not to sit on the sidelines and watch it happen.

    Tell President Obama: Don't kill the Internet.

    In response to this vote, the White House issued a weak statement distancing the president from the FCC’s decision-making and stating that: “[The White House] will be watching closely as the process moves forward in hopes that the final rule stays true to the spirit of net neutrality.”

    Sitting back and hoping everything turns out is not nearly good enough. This is President Obama’s chairman and his FCC. When he campaigned for the presidency he promised to protect a free and open Internet. And that promise is now being undermined by an FCC Chair he appointed -- someone who now seems more interested in doing the bidding of a few large corporations than working in the public interest.

    It's time for the president to come off the sidelines and stand up for Internet users.

    Tell President Obama: Don't kill the Internet.

    Net Neutrality is a principle that says that Internet users, not ISPs, should be in control. It ensures that Internet service providers can't speed up, slow down, or block web content based on its source, ownership, or destination.

    Net Neutrality is important because the Internet is an essential service Americans rely on to conduct our most basic daily affairs, from applying for a job to finding a home, to running a small business. And our right to communicate freely and be heard lies at the heart of our ability to participate equally in our democracy.

    A string of federal court cases has made it abundantly clear that the FCC has the power to enforce strong Net Neutrality rules, but only if the FCC goes through the process of undoing a terrible Bush-era decision to deregulate broadband instead of treating it like the vital public utility it has become.

    Re-regulating (in FCC jargon, “reclassifying”) broadband is the change we really need and is the only way to establish Net Neutrality regulations with teeth. But rather than take that clear (and clearly legal) path of re-regulating broadband as a public utility, the FCC is proposing sham rules championed by FCC Chair Wheeler that will allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to divide the Internet into fast lanes for wealthy corporations and slow lanes for the rest of us. This would amount to nothing less than the corporate takeover of the Internet and the death of Net Neutrality.

    President Obama can't be a strong defender of Net Neutrality, as he pledged to be, if he continues to sit on the sidelines. With this anti-Internet proposal moving through the approval process at the FCC -- and the door open to the alternative path of reclassifying the Internet as a public utility -- the time is now for the president to weigh in.

    If he does get involved, he can stop the FCC's tremendously dangerous and misguided plan. In short, a decision to sit out this fight is a decision to kill the Internet.

    Tell President Obama: Don't kill the Internet.

    It's obvious that the FCC is responding to the political influence wielded by the giant telecom companies who hate Net Neutrality and have a tremendous financial incentive to kill it.

    President Obama's strong support for Net Neutrality would be an incredibly effective counterweight to the small army of Big Telecom lobbyists swarming the FCC and Congress. Internet users need the president to make his position clear.

    A strong stand by our president, along with the active participation of the massive amounts of Americans who care about this issue and don’t want to see the corporate takeover of the Internet is what is need to save the Internet as we know it.

    Tell President Obama: Don't kill the Internet.