How President Obama Wants to Rescue the Internet

The president says creating fast and slow lanes of service would "end the Internet as we know it."
1:49 | 11/10/14

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Hi everybody. Ever since the Internet was created it's been organized around basic principles of openness fairness and freedom. There are no gatekeepers deciding which sites you get to access. Their note whole rose on the information super highway. The set of principles. The idea of net neutrality. Has unleashed the power of the Internet and given innovators the chance to thrive. Abandoning these principles would threaten to end the Internet as we know it. That's why I'm laying out a plan to keep the Internet free and open. And that's why I'm urging the Federal Communications Commission to do everything they can to protect net neutrality for Everett. They should make it clear that whether you use a computer owner tablet. Internet providers have a legal obligation not to block or limit your access to a web site. Cable companies can't decide which online stores you can shop or which streaming services you can use. And they can't let any company pay for priority over its competitors. To put these protections in place I'm asking the FCC to reclassify Internet service under title to a law known as the telecommunications act. And plain English I'm asking them to recognize that for most Americans the Internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life. The FCC is an independent agency and ultimately this decision is there is a law. But the public has already commented nearly four million times asking the FCC to make sure that consumers. Not the cable company. Gets to decide which sites they use. Americans are making their voices heard and standing up for the principles that make the Internet a powerful force for change. As long as I'm president that's what I'll be fighting for two.

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