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Obama: ‘Unequivocally committed’ to net neutrality

October 9, 2014
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President Barack Obama listens to a question during a town hall event at Cross Campus, a collaborative space that brings together freelancers, creative professionals, entrepreneurs and startup teams, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. Obama is traveling in Los Angeles for an overnight trip during which he will discuss the nation's economy and designate a swath of Southern California mountains as a national monument. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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President Barack Obama listens to a question during a town hall event at Cross Campus, a collaborative space that brings together freelancers, creative professionals, entrepreneurs and startup teams, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. Obama is traveling in Los Angeles for an overnight trip during which he will discuss the nation's economy and designate a swath of Southern California mountains as a national monument. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he is “unequivocally committed” to keeping the Internet free and open, a concept known as “net neutrality.”

Net neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers shouldn’t block, manipulate or slow data moving across their networks.

Obama credits net neutrality with unleashing the power of the Internet. He says he doesn’t want to lose that power or “clog up the pipes.”

The Federal Communications Commission is working on new rules to govern the transmission of Internet content. That’s because a federal court earlier this year overturned key portions of an open Internet regulation the agency adopted in 2010.

Obama says he also remains opposed to paid arrangements between Internet service providers and content providers.

He commented Thursday in California during an economic town hall with “millennials.”

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