Obama ‘remains committed’ to neutrality


President Obama “remains committed” to net neutrality despite the court ruling Friday that struck down the regulations, the White House said.

The White House said it is “still reviewing the court’s decision,” but won’t abandon the push to ensure that Internet providers treat all traffic the same.

{mosads}“President Obama remains committed to an open internet, where consumers are free to choose the websites they want to visit and the online services they want to use, and where online innovators are allowed to compete on a level playing field based on the quality of their products,” a White House official said.

“As we continue to review the ruling, we remain committed to working with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Congress, and the private sector to preserve a free and open Internet.”

On Tuesday, a federal court struck down the administration’s net neutrality rules, which prevented Internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to certain websites and were part of Obama’s platform in 2008.

The court found that the FCC overstepped its self-imposed boundaries by regulating Internet providers the way it regulates traditional telephone companies, which the agency classifies differently.

— Justin Sink contributed. 

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