SHOCKER: Obama Calls On FCC To Keep Internet ‘Free and Open’

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President Barack Obama has issued his sternest warning yet that the Internet should be kept “free and open.”

In a statement released on Monday, President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to maintain Net Neutrality and ensure that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are not allowed “to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.”

“That is why today, I am asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality,” President Obama said in the statement.

Net Neutrality, which is the principle that ISPs and governments treat all Web traffic the same, has long been a debate around the US with no clear victory for either side. Consumers and many Internet companies argue that the Internet should remain open and all traffic should be treated equally. Opponents to the idea have argued for a toll road of sorts that would provide better service to companies that pay for their high traffic demands. That has created widespread concern that ISPs could “throttle” service to intentionally slow down some content and speed up other, depending on which firms have paid to play.

Read more: CNET

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