There have been persistent rumors that the Obama Administration has been “backing away” from network neutrality. These rumors usually start with the unsupported but oft-repeated idea that Susan Crawford was “forced out” by Larry Summers for her “extreme” views on NN and move on from there.
I would say I hoped this put such rumors to rest, but it won’t. The artificial manufacture of the “rumors” is part of an overall strategy to marginalize network neutrality as “extreme” even for the “socialist” Obama Administration. To paraphrase Stephen Colbert, it is widely reported that Obama is backing away from his commitment to network neutrality, and this conclusion is therefore ‘fact-esque.’
Still, for the curious, here is what Obama actually said about this on February 1, 2010.