President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to implement a strict policy of net neutrality and to oppose content providers in restricting bandwidth to customers. Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images hide caption

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Provo, Utah, is one of three cities in which Google is rolling out its Google Fiber gigabit Internet and television service. George Frey/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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President Obama speaks at Cedar Falls Utilities in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Wednesday. He encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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In the early days, Walter Isaacson says, computers were "big ol' things with vacuum tubes" that took up entire rooms. For example, the electric analog computer named ANACOM (shown here in 1950 at Caltech) weighed 6,000 pounds and filled 13 cabinets. AP hide caption

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Slow-loading messages will appear on some of your favorite sites Wednesday as part of a protest for net neutrality. But the sites won't actually be loading slower — the banners will be displayed just to make a point. iStockphoto hide caption

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The Star-Spangled Banner — the flag that inspired our National Anthem — on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Hugh Talman/Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History hide caption

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the "NETmundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance", on Wednesday in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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