'Net Neutrality' Disapproval

Senate Roll Call No. 200
112nd Congress, 1st Session

Rejected: 46-52 (see complete tally)

On November 10, 2011, on a vote of 46 to 52, the Senate failed to approve S.J.RES.6, a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) open Internet rules.  The ACLU urged a ‘no’ vote on the resolution because the FCC rules establish 'net neutrality' network management principles prohibiting broadband service providers from discriminating against online content by halting, slowing, or otherwise tampering with the transfer of any data.  While not perfect, the rules provide at least some safeguards for equity on the Internet.  The resolution would have not only rescinded the current protections, but also banned the FCC from establishing any regulations to protect net neutrality without further congressional approval. Internet service providers would have been able to discriminate at will and the FCC would have been powerless to act to protect an open and equitable Internet.

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 200
Votes For : 46
Votes Against : 52
Not Voting : 2