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Seven years ago, then-candidate Barack Obama promised to “take a backseat to no one” in protecting net neutrality — the principle that Internet service providers treat all online traffic equally.
But since then, activists have complained that President Obama has done little to stop proposed federal rules that would allow companies to pay for their content to travel in an online “fast lane,” also known as paid prioritization.
That changed Monday when Obama took his strongest stand yet to back net neutrality, setting up a showdown with the Republican-led Congress over the future of the Internet.
“I am asking for an explicit ban on paid prioritization,” Obama said Monday in a video posted on the White House website.
Republican dissemblers say net neutrality is 'over regulation' and claim gutting net neutrality will keep the Internet 'free and open'
Top Republican lawmakers say Obama is trying to overregulate Internet companies, which have helped drive the American economy.
“The Obama administration now wants to threaten that progress by imposing rules written in the 1930s to cover public utilities to now regulate the Internet,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, who has long called for less government regulation of technology. “The Internet has been, and needs to remain, free and open. The House will continue to resist the administration’s attempts to make it anything else.”