Obama Reaffirms Net Neutrality Pledge

President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to preventing communications giants from dominating the Internet by blocking or degrading broadband service during a major speech on Friday where he unveiled a report summarizing a 60-day assessment of how the government responds to cyber attacks. During a White House event, Obama said: “I remain firmly committed to net neutrality so we can keep the Internet as it should be — open and free.”Craig Aaron, senior program director of Free Press, cheered the mention, saying it made clear Obama considers net neutrality “an essential component of his administration’s sweeping Internet agenda.” “The president’s words send a strong message to Congress and the Federal Communications Commission — as well as the phone and cable companies — that now is the time to end the stalemate on this crucial issue and secure the open Internet for future generations,” he said.

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