The Missed Opportunity of the Netflix Election

Would Obama’s strong support of net neutrality have helped the Democrats in the midterms?

Illustration by Tyler Hoehne

Six days late and a generational vote short, President Barack Obama came out last week with a strong push for net neutrality and reclassifying the internet as a utility, a populist position with strong support among tech-savvy young people. Now imagine if he made this push just a few weeks earlier. The midterm elections could have been characterized as the “Netflix Election,” with Democrats pushing this issue and bringing out the Millennial vote to protect a free and open internet. Instead, Millennials largely sat at home on Election Day.

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