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Victory! Senate Democrats Save Net Neutrality

Victory! Senate Democrats Save Net Neutrality

On Thursday the Senate Democrats blocked efforts by Republicans to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules.

The efforts were not a direct attack on the rules but instead a procedural game designed to strip the FCC of its ability to regulate the Internet. Democrats like Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn) spoke out passionately in defense of keeping the Internet open and free from corporate consolidation and control.

The rules passed last December are modest, but they are the first step in preventing companies from trying to slow down access to online services like Netflix or Skype that compete with their own offerings, charge premiums to some sites for faster delivery of their content or block sites altogether.

The final vote was 52-46 and broke strictly along party lines. Had Senate Democrats failed to block the measure President Obama pledged to veto any resolution challenging the net neutrality rules.

It was a victory that was only possible through an engaged public demanding its elected officials do the right thing, and the Care2.com community was a key part of this. So, congratulations! This is an important victory and a key step in keeping our Internet free and open. It also provides an opportunity to push for even stronger protections, so the fight is not over yet. But for now we should celebrate this win and thank Senate Democrats who voted against handing control of the Internet over to corporations.

 

 

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10:27PM PST on Dec 3, 2011

great news!

5:31AM PST on Nov 26, 2011

Freedom of speech is a universal right of each and every human being. Thanks for news

3:07AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

This is great.

6:25PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Wonderful news!!

8:57AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Yay!~

7:20AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

good news ^^

5:19AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Thanks for the information.

4:21PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

Hooray for Democrats! And, Jane H. is correct, we must get a Democratic Senate and House in 2012.

8:17AM PST on Nov 14, 2011

Score one for sanity.

10:54PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

I wonder what David "the Bible is against Net Neutrality" Barton has to say about this victory...does he even understand the concept of NN?

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