All eyes are on how net neutrality will play out, and Obama on Tuesday gave his unequivocal support for keeping the internet open. That move, before the FCC vote on net neutrality in February, has the Electronic Frontier Foundation "encouraged." Without protection, tech giants including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and AT&T would be allowed to "throttle" internet users' access to sites and services that refuse to pay them for fast lane access. It's ultimately up to the FCC, but the administration used the State of the Union to double down on its backing of net neutrality.
Quote: "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." -- President Obama.