After giving a full-throated defense of a free and open internet on the 2007 campaign trail, President Obama has since shifted to a position much more closely aligned with the massive telecom corporations who stand to benefit from the end of the internet as we know it. As the pressure to raise money intensified, so to did President Obama’s ties to the telecom industry. As a recent article in The Economist noted:
Even Barack Obama has Comcast ties. “I have been here so much, the only thing I haven’t done in this house is have seder dinner,” he quipped at a fundraiser hosted last year at the home of David Cohen, Comcast’s chief lobbyist.
As Bill Moyers explains, the President even appointed a former top telecom lobbyist to head up the very agency that will determine net neutrality’s fate: