White House tells FCC to preserve net neutrality.

President Obama has asked the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet as a Title II service to block companies who want to require “toll lane” or tiered services to give faster Internet access to those who pay more. In a video released today, the president said that he is “asking the FCC to reclassify Internet service under Title II of the law known as the Telecommunications Act,” asserting that if the principles of Net Neutrality were cast aside, that would spell “the end of the Internet as we know it.” Such a move would enforce the legal obligation for Internet providers not to block or throttle access to websites with streaming services.

In the video, Obama said, “the Internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life.” In a concurrent written statement, the president wrote, “We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler agreed with the president but warned, “The more deeply we examined the issues around the various legal options, the more it has become plain that there is more work to do. The reclassification and hybrid approaches before us raise substantive legal questions.”