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(NEWSER) – President Obama today waded into the politically charged debate over net neutrality, arguing that Internet service providers shouldn't be allowed to offer "fast lanes" to certain websites. Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to "reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act." 

That would make broadband a utility, giving the FCC more room to regulate it, the Verge reports. "In plain English," Obama says in a video, "I'm asking [the FCC] to recognize that for most Americans, the Internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life." The FCC is, however, "an independent agency," he notes, "and ultimately this decision is theirs alone."

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