At Tuesday's annual State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama spoke on behalf of his long-mentioned thoughts on Net neutrality and cybersecurity. In a push to create an equal and open Internet, the President urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for strong Net neutrality rulemaking and the reduction of state limitation on municipal broadband developments. Further, he proposed the plan for new cybersecurity legislation.
In what began as a move to create a freer and more open Internet, Net neutrality has recently shifted to a largely-publicized national movement for the removal of Internet fast lanes and an equal playing field amongst all broadband Internet providers.
While the President holds the FCC accountable for the rules and regulations to be made on Net neutrality, the President is calling on Congress to pass strict legislation on the mutual issue of ongoing cyberattacks. Obama claims that the implementation of new and stringent cybersecurity laws protects American economic interest and will protect the technologies that have positively influenced the lives of the world's people.
Earlier this month, Obama spoke publicly on his administration's cybersecurity proposals at the Federal Trade Commission. There, he spoke on the White House's revamped 'Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights' and the creation of a law that would allow businesses only 30-days to inform customers of a cyber-data breach.
During the annual speech, President Obama stated, "I intend to protect a free and open internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world."
The Federal Communications Commission will be voting on their new set of Net neutrality regulations later next month.