Tim Wu says Obama’s net neutrality plan is “bold, courageous, and just obvious”

It’s huge news today that President Obama has come out in support of strong net neutrality and open internet rules based on Title II of the Telecommunications Act. But while the basics are simple, there’s lots to understand underneath the surface, so I called Tim Wu, the man who originally coined the phrase net neutrality, for some quick insight. Here’s our conversation, lightly edited for clarity.

So what’s your first take on the news?

“It takes someone who’s not deep in the game to say this is the obvious thing”

Well, the President has gone all in. He’s taken a look at it and said, “Why are we doing these half measures?” Why not just do the most obvious thing, which is a bright line net neutrality rule using the strongest authority…

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