Senate Squashes Attempt to Kill FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The Senate has voted down a measure aimed at knee-capping the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, which were proposed in December 2010. Senate Republicans argued that the the FCC's attempt to regulate the internet overreached its bounds. Senate Democrats disagreed, and won the party-line vote 52-46. In a message to the Senate, the White House said, "It would be ill-advised to 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." Under the new rules, wireless providers would not be able to block users from accessing any web site. Wireless providers wouldn't be allowed to block internet calling services that make use of wireless broadband data connections (or any competitive service). The providers would also have to publicly disclose their network management practices. However, the providers would have the say-so to manage their networks in order to deal with congestion. The rules have been published in the Federal Registry and are scheduled to go into effect November 20, though the FCC is still facing legal action from Verizon Wireless, the Free Press, and other bodies.
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