In a statement, Obama calls on the FCC to view broadband Internet as a public utility:
So the time has come for the FCC to recognize that broadband service is of the same importance and must carry the same obligations as so many of the other vital services do. To do that, I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act — while at the same time forbearing from rate regulation and other provisions less relevant to broadband services. This is a basic acknowledgment of the services ISPs provide to American homes and businesses, and the straightforward obligations necessary to ensure the network works for everyone — not just one or two companies. In response, Marco Arment writes: Why should we believe that he’ll actually have any effect on net neutrality? As Arment rightly points out, it's important to remember that while Obama's words sound great, he did appoint a former Big Cable lobbyist as FCC chairman. So there's that; "talk is cheap", indeed.