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Did Obama just save the Internet?

President Barack Obama called for the “strongest possible rules” to protect the open Internet on Monday, asking the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify it as a utility like traditional phone lines and prevent Internet service providers from charging different rates based on the websites people visit.

Following reports that the FCC is preparing to ditch the so-called “net neutrality” — the principle that Internet service providers treat all data from a Netflix stream to your Facebook profile equally in terms of speed and pricing — in favor of a “hybrid” system, the Obama administration has issued one of its strongest calls for true net neutrality yet.

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