Internet Freedom Fighter of the Day: President Obama Gets Tough on Net Neutrality

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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.

Homestar Runner to Come Back This Fall

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Vulture rounds up remarks that Homestar co-creator Matt Chapman made on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show:

"When we did that April Fools update this year, way more people looked at it than we ever even imagined would have at this point.

Our goal — we did that thing as sort of a test to get back into doing it. We'd love to start making things again," Chapman says. The April cartoon proved how many fans are still out there, so consider the ball rolling:

The Brothers Chap have already started developing ideas for a new Strong Bad email, and there are lots of possibilities beyond that. "It depends on how whole-hog we go, if we give Strong Bad a Twitter or Strong Sad a Tumblr." Oh, dear God, yes. (Those of us who remember Strong Sad's LiveJournal know he is definitely a Tumblr kind of guy.)

Chapman says the site should start updating again by the fall, so there's time to go through a lot of the archive as a refresher course. Start with the Halloween 'toons; those were always the best.

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