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Keep the web free
Keep the web free

President Barack Obama's declaration that the Federal Communications Commission should use its Title II authority under the Communications Act of 1934 to treat Internet service providers as "common carriers" sounds incredibly technical, but its philosophical and practical implications are quite simple. If the FCC follows his suggestion, it will mean that Internet service will effectively be considered a necessary element of modern life just like electricity or telephone service, and it will mean that ISPs cannot pick and choose what content users have access to and at what speeds. Such a ruling would set off a firestorm of lobbying and litigation from heavy-hitters like...