Score One for the Open Internet: Resolution That Would Have Overturned Net Neutrality Rules Is Blocked in Senate

Some great news today on the net neutrality front:

The Senate voted, 46-52, against moving forward with a resolution that would overturn federal regulations that govern anticompetitive behavior online....

Democrats opposed the resolution, arguing that the FCC’s rules are necessary to prevent large corporations from throttling Internet access.

“The FCC’s Open Internet rules mean that small entrepreneurs will not have to seek permission from broadband providers to reach new markets and consumers with innovative products and services,” Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said during debate on the Senate floor on Wednesday. “Far from preventing investment, the FCC’s Open Internet rules will foster small businesses and support their demonstrated ability to create jobs.”

If you'd like to learn more about why net neutrality matters, check out this excellent primer from the Save the Internet Coalition.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at November 10, 2011, 8:07am

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