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Ryan Blethen discusses the press, media and democracy. Daily Democracy is part of the Democracy Papers, a series of articles, essays and editorial opinion examining threats to our freedoms of speech and the press. E-mail Ryan

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October 30, 2007

Obama continues to talk net neutrality

Posted by Ryan at 3:26 PM

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is keeping network neutrality alive in the presidential campaign. He was asked today during a Q&A session on MTV about net neutrality. The question, which was fittingly asked through video by somebody who helps build Web sites, was if Obama would make net neutrality a priority during his first year in the White House. The questioner also asked if Obama would appoint FCC commissioners who felt the same.

The answer is yes. I am a strong supporter of network neutrality.

He then goes on to give an understandable explanation of the often wonkish issue. He explains the damage the Internet will sustain if the companies that control networks, such as AT&T and Comcast, are allowed to favor the content of their choosing.

That I think destroys one of the best things about the Internet, which is there is this incredible equality there.

Obama should be commended for making net neutrality an issue in presidential politics. Net neutrality clearly resonates with younger voters, and anybody who uses the Internet regularly. I am sure Obama did not miss the moderator say that the net neutrality question was the most asked question by viewers of the session. Hopefully the candidates from both parties were listening.

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