Oh yeah, in 9 out of 10 cities the city 'fathers/mothers/children' sold THEIR cronies undisputed sole access to neighborhoods and towns but that had nothing to do with the Federal Communications Commission. That was just local criminals and regulators making a profit at your expense.
Obama is old enough to remember Ma Bell, which was even worse to customers than today's cable and Internet providers. And he is smart enough to recognize the Orwellian contradiction in introducing onerous new regulatory regimes in the name of keeping anything "free." The FCC has never been particularly adept at acting in the "public interest." The less control it has over the Internet (and TV and anything else), the better off we will all be.Ma Bell wasn't broken up by the regulators, it was broken up by the courts. I see courts in our future.