Obama presses for tough 'open Internet' rules

Obama endorsed an effort to reclassify the Internet as a public utility to give regulators more authority to enforce “net neutrality,” the principle barring Internet service firms from playing favorites or opening up “fast lanes” for services that pay fees for better access. Obama’s comment comes amid heated debate among online industry sectors as the FCC seeks to draft new rules to replace those struck down this year by a US appeals court, which said the agency lacked authority to regulate Internet service firms as it does telephone carriers.

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