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VIDEO: Obama supports net neutrality

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In a statement Monday, President Obama made a case for net neutrality. In a statement Monday, President Obama made a case for net neutrality.
KHQ.com - President Barack Obama took to the web today to announce his plan to keep the Internet free and open to everyone. The President's statement argues for net neutrality -- the idea that everyone gets the same Internet no matter who you are. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) does not agree with this idea and wants to institute rules that would allow those who pay more to have access to faster Internet through Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

In Obama's statement, he says that "[a]n open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life." He also says "it has been one of the most significant democratizing influences the world has ever known."

It is because of the Internet's importance that Obama is calling for the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality. But the President also says that the FCC is an independent agency and the decision is their's alone.

Champions of net neutrality is calling Obama's statement a victory, but not everyone is on board with the idea. On Twitter, Republican Senator Ted Cruz called net neutrality "Obamacare for the Internet."

Watch the President's video above and read his full statement HERE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/net-neutrality#section-read-the-presidents-statement.

Let us know what you think? Where do you stand on the net neutrality issue?

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