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White House will veto Congress attempt to end net neutrality

updated 08:40 pm EST, Tue November 8, 2011

Obama administration plans to honor FCC rules

The Obama administration in a statement (PDF) said it would veto a Congressional resolution that, if passed, would try to overturn the FCC's net neutrality rules. Currently waiting on a Senate vote, SJ Resolution 6 was opposed by the White House as it would "undermine" a strategy intended to focus on an open Internet. Letting newcomers run competing services on Internet providers without the worry of "undue discrimination" was vital not just to the economy and jobs but also to free speech, the administration said.

"It would be ill-advised to threaten the very foundations of innovation in the Internet economy and the democratic spirit that has made the Internet a force for social progress around the world," it said.

The bill, sponsored in the Senate by Republican Kay Bailey Hutchinson and mostly cosponsored by fellow party members, would have been an exact reversal. Removing the rules would let Internet providers and cellular carriers block competing services as well as discriminate against services in secret. On landlines, it would also let them slow down specific services to make them work less effectively than their own.

Most opposition outside of the political right has come from the corporations that would be affected by the measures. Verizon has tried to sue the FCC over the net neutrality rules. The legal action likely won't complete in time to stop the rules from taking effect on November 20.



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  1. SierraDragon

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    +10

    Fortunately...

    ...we do not have a Republican in the White House. It is bad enough that the Bush court gave corporations even more latitude in buying politicians than previously existed.

  1. makemineamac

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    Big Business...

    Is gonna have to take it this time. Republican't's. Who are these people that could ever envision this to be a good thing.

  1. chas_m

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    Gobama!

    I don't agree with the Obama administration on everything -- and I've been disappointed in some aspects -- but they do get a lot of things right (or at least more right than the ReTHUGlicans), and this one is a good example.

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  1. Hillbilly Geek

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    Oh, geez...

    the present administration has done such a great job on the economy, that this must be a good thing. Right. I get it.

  1. facebook_Fausto

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    Fausto Fernos

    Kay Bailey Hutchinson has always been a corporate w****, and it seems always will be. She doesn't represent the people of Texas, she represents whatever corporation is willing to buy her vote. Shameful.

    Texans need to vote this horrible excuse for person out of office. She's been causing pain and misery for decades now.

  1. JackWebb

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    Is there really a problem?

    The internet is one of the few things that hasn't been screwed up by the gov. But when people demand protections even though there hasn't been much of a problem I've heard of, expect it will make the whole thing worse. The principal of net neutrality it good but government-imposed fairness usually turns out to benefit lobbyists etc.

  1. Mr. Strat

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    Not good

    This whole business of net neutrality is a bad idea as envisioned by the Narcissistic Community Organizer. Most of the people in Congress have no clue when it comes to technology. And if the Bamster supports it, you know it's bad.

  1. facebook_J. Ash

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    Obama gets one right

    I'm glad that Obama is holding the line against the GOP and their corporate masters on this one. Net Neutrality is imperative, and it's disappointing that even Republicans, who claim to care about liberty and fairness, would want to shred it just so Comcast can make bigger profits. Sadly, I think the corporations will eventually win this one...it's just a matter of time before they own the Internet outright.

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