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journalist files foia request for got screeners
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After hearing that President Obama would be the only person to get advanced screeners of Game of Thrones' sixth season, Vanessa Golembewski ‏took matters into her own hands. She actually filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to see if she could get the government to give up the goods. So far, she hasn't had much luck. You can follow along and track her progress using case number: GSA-2016-000633 because yes, this is very real. God bless America.

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Obama made his first big push in the fight for Net Neutrality Monday, with a statement encouraging the FCC to keep the Internet open and free.

"There are no gatekeepers deciding which sites you get to access. There are no toll roads in the information superhighway," Obama says in the accompanying video, which opens with a playful little "buffering" animation.

FCC chair Tom Wheeler proposed new Internet traffic rules earlier this year, and millions of people commented on the FCC website in protest.

From his statement:

"Net neutrality" has been built into the fabric of the Internet since its creation — but it is also a principle that we cannot take for granted. 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. That is why today, I am asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.

Obama also emphasized that ISPs shouldn't block sites that are legal or throttle a user's service.

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