As a candidate, Barack Obama benefited greatly from the power of the Internet, tapping Web tools to reach, motivate, and collect funds from millions of people across the country. As president, Obama has cemented his role as the nation's most connected president to-date, incorporating technology as a cornerstone of key initiatives from healthcare reform to education. Taking a page from corporate America, Obama hired a chief technology officer to oversee the nation's IT direction. And, though he h
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Network neutrality took center stage earlier this year, as Google and Verizon proposed a net neutrality framework to assist the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as it refines its national broadband policy. Advocacy groups such as Electronic Frontier Foundation, Free Press, and MoveOn.org -- as well as many members of the technology press corps, and developers including Facebook -- protested. "It is time to move a decision forward -- a decision to reassert FCC authority over broadband telecommunications, to guarantee an open Internet now and forever, and to put the interests of consumers in front of the interests of giant corporations," said FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps, a Democrat, in August.