Obama's speech focused on a free and open Internet within our borders that doesn't speed up or slow down content delivery. What's interesting about Monday's statement is for all its good, it turns the discussion away from a global perspective to a domestic one.
What accounts for the different treatment? Why is a million dollars of waste at the GSA a scandal but not tens of billions of dollars at the FCC-NTIA? I believe public ignorance and apathy are the immediate cause of blame.
Anything short of this type of personal liability is unlikely to provide agency heads with an adequate incentive to comply with FOIA under circumstances when they believe that compliance could damage their careers.
It's critical that Congress and the FCC focus on the goal of universal broadband and not get distracted by divisive internet regulation policies, such as net neutrality legislation, that suck the energy out of the process.
We need to go beyond worrying about predators and pornography and start thinking about young people as true citizens in an online environment where young people are just as likely to create content as they are to consume it.