American Civil Liberties Union – It Was Close, But We Won: Viva Net Neutrality!

Today in the Sen­ate there was a major win for free­dom of speech and the Inter­net. In a largely par­ti­san vote Sen­ate Democ­rats defeated a res­o­lu­tion intro­duced by Sen. Kay Bai­ley Hutchi­son (R-Texas) which would have over­turned the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Commission’s (FCC) open Inter­net rules that are set to go into effect this month.

Though the FCC’s rules are not great, they do offer some pro­tec­tions for net neu­tral­ity on the wired Inter­net and over­turn­ing them would have been a huge set­back for free speech on the web. Dur­ing debate on the Sen­ate floor yes­ter­day sup­port­ers of the res­o­lu­tion railed against gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion while oppo­nents defended the rules say­ing they were nec­es­sary to main­tain the open­ness and inno­va­tion that has allowed the Inter­net to thrive.

via Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union – It Was Close, But We Won: Viva Net Neu­tral­ity!. Yeah for Net Neu­tral­ity, boo for my State Sen­a­tor being the one who intro­duced this resolution.

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