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Why the U.S. net neutrality debate has not spilled into Canada

November 12, 2014 − by Renata − in News − No Comments

Christine Dobby, The Globe and Mail, 11/11/2014

With online video viewing soaring, the debate over whether the Internet should be divided into fast and slow lanes is growing.

This week, U.S. President Barack Obama waded into the discussion, laying down a forceful argument for protection of so called “net neutrality,” a principle that says all Internet traffic should be treated the same and service providers should not be able to give preferential treatment to some content.

“We cannot allow Internet service providers [ISPs] to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas,” he said.

His comments come as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission redrafts rules around how ISPs handle traffic. The regulator has been grappling with this since January, when a federal appeals court struck down an earlier set of net neutrality rules.

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