Monday, November 14, 2011

US Senate Votes To Protect Net Neutrality!


Last week, I made a post about how some legislation was being brought to a vote in the US Senate concerning Net Neutrality (I'm going to capitalize Net Neutrality because it's an issue that deserve that sort of recognition and respect).

The legislation basically said that the Federal Communications Commission (the FCC) had no power over what regulations should be made and enforced and that the rules they DID put in place no longer apply.

On Friday, the vote was counted, and I am happy to report that by a vote of 52 to 46, the legislative measure DID NOT PASS!!!

A valiant effort...one that didn't go unnoticed.

After passing through the US House of Representatives with a vote of 241 to 178 with 13 abstentions, the vote in the Senate went straight down the Democrat-Republican party line, preventing the bill from passing to the President (who would have vetoed the bill anyway).

via Reuters:
Approved by the FCC last December, the rules are designed to prevent Internet service providers from using speed or normal prioritizing of traffic flow to discriminate in behalf of favored content partners. The regulations allow the FCC to impose fines and bring injunctions against companies that slow down Internet service for customers who are streaming movies or downloading music.

The new rules could affect the behavior of approximately 1,100 companies, according to an FCC estimate.

So the Internet is safe once again for now, but don't think that this is a "once and for all" effort. We are far from this being over, like all legislative measures. So watch for this issue to surface in the future.

story via Engadget and Reuters

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