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Statement by the Press Secretary on Net Neutrality

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

May 15, 2014

The President has made clear since he was a candidate that he strongly supports net neutrality and an open Internet. As he has said, the Internets incredible equality of data, content, and access to the consumer is what has powered extraordinary economic growth and made it possible for once-tiny sites like eBay or Amazon to compete with brick and mortar behemoths.

The FCC is an independent agency,and we will carefully review their proposal.The FCCs efforts were dealt a real challenge by the Court of Appeals in January, butChairman Wheeler has said his goal is to preserve an open Internet, and we are pleased to see that he is keeping all options on the table.Wewill be watching closely as the process moves forwardin hopes that the final rule stays true to the spirit of net neutrality.

The President is looking at every way to protect a free and open Internet, and will consider any option that might make sense.