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Barack Obama’s support for net neutrality sets precedent for the rest of the world

Barack Obama’s support for net neutrality sets precedent for the rest of the world | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Obama’s statement, which asks the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to implement rules banning blocking, throttling or paid prioritisation online, could prove to be an important precedent for the rest of the world. The president said broadband service was “of the same importance, and must carry the same obligations” as services such as the telephone network, and asked the FCC to classify it as such. For proponents of net neutrality in Britain and elsewhere, having such a powerful supporter to point to is important.

It also bolsters the case for considering internet access as a right that should be safeguarded by government, something suggested by Britain’s Labour Digital group, which proposed that “government should assess the viability of providing free basic internet access to all citizens, possibly as a requirement for participation in 5G auctions, or targeted at children eligible for free school meals”.
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the ball is now on the hands of the FCC

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Obama’s statement, which asks the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to implement rules banning blocking, throttling or paid prioritisation online, could prove to be an important precedent for the rest of the world. The president said broadband service was “of the same importance, and must carry the same obligations” as services such as the telephone network, and asked the FCC to classify it as such. For proponents of net neutrality in Britain and elsewhere, having such a powerful supporter to point to is important.

It also bolsters the case for considering internet access as a right that should be safeguarded by government, something suggested by Britain’s Labour Digital group, which proposed that “government should assess the viability of providing free basic internet access to all citizens, possibly as a requirement for participation in 5G auctions, or targeted at children eligible for free school meals”.

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Hackers call US government's latest cybersecurity efforts 'a train wreck'

Hackers call US government's latest cybersecurity efforts 'a train wreck' | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
As Congress gears up to debate Cispa again, Anonymous threatens to shut down stream of Obama's state of the union
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Defending is, shall we say, not as easy as attacking...

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