A Republican effort to overturn the FCC’s net neutrality rules in the Senate was shot down today, two days after President Obama vowed to veto any such override. The regulations are set to take effect on November 20. Senate Democrats held off the charge with a 52-46 procedural vote that was mostly seen as symbolic after Obama’s pledge to block the rollback with what would have been only his third veto since taking office. The vote stopped the Republican bloc from further considering its resolution of disapproval, according to Politico; it’s unclear whether they group plans to mount another challenge. The White House backs the rules governing the Internet, saying that striking them down would “threaten the very foundations of innovation in the Internet economy and the democratic spirit that has made the Internet a force for social progress around the world.” That’s a sentiment backed by content creators and those who represent them, like the WGA, which applauded the Senate’s action today. “These regulations provide important safeguards for free speech, competition, innovation, and consumer choice,” WGA president Chris Keyser said. “The Web is far too important a public resource to hand over to a few powerful corporations.” On the other side of the debate, companies who provide Web services argue that the FCC doesn’t have the authority to set rules for the Internet. Verizon, for example, is among a group challenging the regulations in a D.C. court.
By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Thursday November 10, 2011 @ 11:07am PSTTags: Barack Obama, FCC, Net Neutrality, U.S. Senate, WGA
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