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Bold Obama Stand Shakes Up Net Neutrality Debate

President Barack Obama edged up to questioning the Federal Communications Commission’s newly proposed net neutrality rules, a heavily criticized plan that would favor Internet content providers that can afford to pay more for faster delivery of their services.

Obama campaigned heavily on net neutrality during his 2008 election, but has been largely silent on the issue since the FCC voted to kill it with new Internet service rules that would create “fast lanes” for content providers that can afford to pay for them; those that can’t will be hit with slower traffic.

Obama echoed one of progressives’ major criticisms of the new rules at the U.S. Africa Business Forum in Washington on Wednesday, saying he is in favor of “an open and fair Internet.”

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