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YouTube Stars to Interview President Obama After State of the Union

The PR move is part of Obama’s strategy to reach out to young Americans through YouTube stars’ millions of followers. In March the White House gathered YouTube personalities in a summit aimed at promoting signups for the administration’s health-care plan. Mota is a fashion and makeup vlogger with 8 million fans on YouTube; she was featured in an ad campaign YouTube ran last spring. Hank Green hosts popular show VlogBrothers, which has 2.3 million subscribers, with his brother John (author of “The Fault in Our Stars”). GloZell — self-described “Queen of YouTube” — presents interviews, comedy riffs on her life and song parodies to her 3.3 million YouTube followers. – Todd Spangler, Variety
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Obama Pushes Back Against Comcast and Verizon By Urging Strong FCC Action On Net Neutrality

The rules I am asking for are simple, common-sense steps that reflect the Internet you and I use every day, and that some ISPs already observe. These bright-line rules include:
No blocking. If a consumer requests access to a website or service, and the content is legal, your ISP should not be permitted to block it. That way, every player — not just those commercially affiliated with an ISP — gets a fair shot at your business.
No throttling. Nor should ISPs be able to intentionally slow down some content or speed up others — through a process often called “throttling” — based on the type of service or your ISP’s preferences.
Increased transparency. The connection between consumers and ISPs — the so-called “last mile” — is not the only place some sites might get special treatment. So, I am also asking the FCC to make full use of the transparency authorities the court recently upheld, and if necessary to apply net neutrality rules to points of interconnection between the ISP and the rest of the Internet.
No paid prioritization. Simply put: No service should be stuck in a “slow lane” because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth. So, as I have before, I am asking for an explicit ban on paid prioritization and any other restriction that has a similar effect. – Barack Obama via Jason Easley,PoliticusUSA (Full Story: http://ift.tt/144QEcC )

Obama: White House Expects FCC To Uphold Net Neutrality

One of the issues around net neutrality is whether you are creating different rates or charges for different content providers. That’s the big controversy here,” Obama said. “You have big, wealthy media companies who might be willing to pay more but then also charge more for more spectrum, more bandwidth on the Internet so they can stream movies faster or what have you. And I personally — the position of my administration, as well as I think a lot of companies here is you don’t want to start getting a differentiation in how accessible the Internet is to various users. – Barack Obama via Mollie Reilly,The Huffington Post
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