Michael Brooks


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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