resident-elect Obama and his advisers have established a website at change.gov listing their plans for governing after his inauguration. Among the programs and ideas expressed on the site is a pledge to protect the Internet from censorship and government interference, a promise which brightens the prospects for the online gambling industry.
According to the site, among Obama’s thoughts for dealing with technology are strong opinions about the Internet. The very first line in a detailed explanation of plans for the administration’s approach to scientific matters says that Obama expects to "ensure the full and free exchange of ideas through an open Internet and diverse media outlets."
Listing goals, the site says, "Protect the Openness of the Internet: A key reason the Internet has been such a success is because it is the most open network in history. It needs to stay that way. Barack Obama strongly supports the principle of network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet."
This is a piece of good news for online casinos and their players after several unhappy items have been detailed in recent days. First it was revealed that Microgaming sites will no longer accept new patrons from the United States. Then came the stunning news that the Treasury has finalized regulations to implement the UIGEA, only weeks before a new Congress may seek to repeal the horrific law.
The language of the transition website leaves no room for spin. Obama has declared himself fully behind an open and free Internet. With a Democratic Congress enjoying a healthy majority in both Houses, Obama should be able to team with Barney Frank, Jim McDermott, Pete Sessions, Shelly Berkley, Robert Wexler, and other Congressional leaders to swiftly undo any actions forced through by the Bush administration in its closing days.