FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2011
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WASHINGTON – The Senate voted today to reject a resolution, S.J. Res. 6, that would disapprove the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with respect to regulating the Internet and broadband industry practices. The resolution, which was passed by the House in April, would have not only eliminated the current FCC rules on network neutrality, it would have eliminated the FCC’s ability to adopt any regulation in this area and threaten free speech, innovation and commerce.
“By rejecting this unwise resolution to overturn net neutrality, the Senate has voted to protect the Internet and preserve its crucial role in advancing the artistic, intellectual, political and economic vitality of our nation,” said Christopher Calabrese, ACLU legislative counsel. “Without net neutrality, Americans’ access to the Internet would hinge not on our right to free speech but on the whims of the corporations that would control it.”
To read the ACLU’s letter opposing S.J. Res. 6, go to: www.aclu.org/free-speech-technology-and-liberty/aclu-letter-senate-opposing-s-j-res-6-resolution-overturn-net