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President Obama's Plan for a Free and Open Internet

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Net Neutrality: President Obama's Plan for a Free and Open Internet {ObamaWhiteHouse.Archive.org updated Dec 2017}

If the US classifies the Internet as a Utility it brings it under the control of, amongst other things, the Patriot Act and various National Security Acts & Policies {OWH archive} already in place, or set to be amended or signed into being, that 'protect' various types of infrastructure - water, power, rail, road, gas, oil, communications etc. This is potentially more 'dangerous' (for want of a better word) because, given how reactionary some aspects of US Politics is, it could mean vested Interests (ISP's, RIAA, MPAA et al) simply lobbying Government (or influence peddling) to sign bills ordering them to filter or block the Internet, or Government ordering it for "National Security" reasons.

Additional Reading
 - Presidential Policy Directive -- Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience {OWH archive}
 - National Infrastructure Protection Plan
 - EPA - Water: Legislation & Directives
 - Patriot Act: Section 814 [pg.111]
 - White House blog - A Free and Open Internet: What You Need to Know About Net Neutrality {OWH archive}
 - The UK Cyber Security Strategy Protecting and promoting the UK in a digital world
 - UK Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 - "Block Orders"
 - Open Rights Group: Content filtering by UK ISPs