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Obama Pressures FCC for Strong Net Neutrality Rules

On July 23, 2014, hundreds of Free Press activists rallied for REAL Net Neutrality on President Obama's motorcade route as he attended a big fundraiser in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. (Photo by Free Press)
On July 23, 2014, hundreds of Free Press activists rallied for REAL Net Neutrality on President Obama's
motorcade route as he attended a big fundraiser in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. (Photo
by Free Press)

By Alina Selyukh
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday pressured the federal communications regulator to toughen its planned Internet traffic rules, saying higher-fee "fast lanes" should be banned and Internet providers should be overseen more like public utilities are.

Obama's detailed position on the issue of "net neutrality," a platform in his presidential campaign in 2008, represented a rare step by the White House into the policy-setting of an independent agency.

It came after nearly 4 million comments flooded the Federal Communications Commission after Chairman Tom Wheeler formally proposed new Internet traffic rules in May.

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