Senate rejects net neutrality overturn
November 11, 2011
By Colin Mann
The US Senate has voted to keep in place the Federal Communications Commission’s rules aimed at preserving open Internet access.
Republicans were attempting to overturn the so-called net neutrality rules, and a resolution to do so failed 52-46 in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The White House had earlier threatened to veto the action if the Senate approved it.
Opponents of the rules have been trying for several months to get them dropped. In April, the Republican-controlled House voted 240-179 in favour of a similar resolution of disapproval.
Republican opponents argue that the FCC overstepped its authority and that regulation of the Internet will stifle its growth.