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TechCrunch: Obama comes out against the Internet slow lane

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 16:23 -- Eva Prkachin

"You want to leave it open so the next Google and the next Facebook can succeed." Strong words against the Internet slow lane from U.S. President Barack Obama. Show your support for Net Neutrality at

Article by Alex Wilhelm for TechCrunch

President Barack Obama spoke in favor of net neutrality this week, pushing back against the idea of paid prioritization, which many call Internet “fast lanes.” Following the president’s comments, a number of technology companies joined cultural and privacy groups in praising the American leader.

The corporations and organizations penned a letter citing the president’s comments directly, and saying that in the wake of his remarks that they are “counting on [the president] to take action to ensure equality on the Internet.”

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler painted himself into a corner of sorts when he advocated for net neutrality rules that would allow for some edge providers — video companies, etc. — to pay ISPs for prioritized access to consumers. Those arrangements would be contingent to the test of “commercial reasonableness.”

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