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Obama demands 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality

President says open internet is essential to way of life and comes out against so-called fast lanes for higher-paying web users

Barack Obama called for the strongest possible rules to protect the open internet on Monday and came out against proposals championed by cable and telecoms companies to create a fast lanes for the web.

The presidents statement comes as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares to publish new rules to regulate the internet after a series of legal defeats at the hands of telecoms and cable companies.

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