Obama urges FCC to implement strict rules on net neutrality


NYT: President Obama urged the Federal Communications Commission to treat consumer broadband service as a public utility.

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NYT: President Obama urged the Federal Communications Commission to treat consumer broadband service as a public utility.

“We cannot allow Internet service providers to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas,” Mr. Obama wrote in the statement.

The F.C.C. is an independent agency not subject to Mr. Obama’s direct authority. But the president is adding his voice to the 3.7 million people who submitted comments to the agency, most on behalf of a free and open Internet in which broadband companies could not pick which content would arrive quickly and which would be slowed down.

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