The GOP push to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's modest 2010 network-neutrality rules fell short in the U.S. Senate today. After passing the House this spring, the resolution failed on 52-46 part-line vote - despite the misleading campaign to reverse the rules that I wrote about yesterday.
Parul P. Desai, of Consumers Union, called the vote “a big victory to help keep the Internet open so consumers can freely surf the web. If these rules had been struck down, it would have been a serious blow to the free flow of commerce and ideas online."
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D., W.Va), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, offered similar praise:
I am pleased that the Senate voted down this misguided resolution. By keeping the Open Internet rules in place, we can protect consumers, inspire innovation, and foster investment in the broadband economy. These rules are the product of hard work, consensus, and compromise. During this process, the agency received written input from more than 100,000 commenters, 90 percent of which supported adoption of the Open Internet rules. So at the end of the day, the FCC's light-touch approach to network neutrality prevailed, and that is a good thing.