Senate Votes Down Attempt To Block FCC Internet Regulation
November 10, 2011 at 11:22 AM (PT)
An attempt to block the FCC's ability to regulate the Internet with its new net neutrality rules for wired broadband has ended with the Senate voting down a resolution to overturn the rules. The vote was 52-46 against the measure, voted along party lines as expected; the WHITE HOUSE had threatened to veto the law had it been passed.
A similar resolution passed the Republican-controlled Congress in APRIL, but TODAY's Senate vote brings the attempt to stop the rules through legislation to an end for now. The rules provide for strong net neutrality provisions for wired broadband but less stringent requirements for wireless Internet, placing a prohibition against "unreasonable discrimination" against third-party content providers on wired broadband but not on wireless providers.