Net Neutrality-Blocking Resolution Senate Vote Expected Thursday
Measure, which was approved in House, is almost certain to be voted down in Democrat-controlled Senate
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/7/2011 1:19:12 PM
That is according to a source with Republican Senate (minority) leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who helped strike the deal to bring the resolution to the floor. The Republican-controlled House has already passed a similar resolution.
The Senate voted by unanimous consent last week for McConnell to be recognized on the floor this week to make a motion to proceed to consideration of S.J. Res.6, the resolution pushed by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.), a vocal opponent of the rules.
There will be up to four hours of debate on that motion to consider the resolution, a motion that will likely pass, meaning there will be some further debate and then a vote on the actual resolution. The actual resolution will almost certainly not pass in the Democrat-controlled Senate, but Republicans will have had the chance to make their arguments on the Senate floor and draw attention to the rules and their criticism of the substance and the process.
Republicans, and a few Democrats, have tried to block the rules' implementation via various legislative means, including defunding their implementation.
The FCC adopted its expanded and codified network openness guidelines last December after negotiations with industry players produced what ISP's saw as the more palatable of two distasteful menu options, the other being classification of Internet access as a telecom service subject to at least some common carrier regs, which many in industry tabbed the "nuclear" option.
Democrats have used the resolution in the past to try and block FCC media ownership deregulation, but that stalled in a divided Congress, as this one is expected to do.
Republicans have argued the FCC exceeded its authority, is attempting to regulate the Internet, and could chill investment and innovation. Democrats, led by the White House, Democratic congressional leaders and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, say it will protect the Internet from being blocked or degraded and provide regulatory certainty that will spur investment and innovation.
I can completely understand why industry does not want utility status for the internet and their reasoning is exactly why we need to bring the internet into the regulated arena that all other utilities are required to abide by.
I'm sure there are plenty of people who still think that internet is optional and it may be for them, however for the generation growing up, if they do not have access to the internet then they will be second class citizens in an increasingly digital world.
These future leaders should not be held back by old world fools trying to relive their glory days.
Anyone who believes that deregulation of such as an essential service as the internet will result in a spurt of innovation still believes that the current state of capitalism works for all of us.
As much as I dislike both the democrats and the republicans who dominate our political skyline, I have to agree with the democrats on this subject.
An internet that no one can restrict what goes through the pipes is a boon to innovation and startups who can and do challenge traditional business and make sure they do not get so comfortable with the profits that yesterdays services offer them that they ignore important technological innovations that benefit society as a whole, not just the fortunate few who happen to be resource holders.
Al Broadman - 11/8/2011 6:00:20 AM EST
The Bush Administration's FCC gave away the Internet our tax dollars paid for to greedy Monopolies - without the permission of Congress. What Bush's FCC stole from the American People, Obama's FCC can take back for us:
PUT THE INTERNET BACK UNDER TITLE II WHERE IT BELONGS!
-The Internet was born under Net Neutrality and is nothing without it!
Ben Schainker - 11/7/2011 11:15:40 PM EST
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