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Anti-net neutrality bill defeated in Senate

On Thursday, the Senate defeated SJ Res 6. The bill would have overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality decision. (For some background on this bill, see the Legislative Panel blog post.)

Thank you to everyone who contacted our Senators asking them to oppose this bill! Senators Mikulski and Cardin both voted against the bill. Please take a moment to thank them for their support of net neutrality. You can do this using Capwiz.



Action Alert! Ask Senators to vote NO on overturning net neutrality order


11/11/2011 Update: SJ Res 6, the anit-net neutrality bill, was defeated in the Senate yesterday. For details, please see the Legislative Panel blog posting.


This week, the Senate will be voting on Senate Joint Resolution 6 (SJ Res 6) to overturn the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order that was passed to adopt net neutrality. The American Library Association Washington Office (ALA-WO) is asking people to call their Senators and ask them to vote NO on SJ Res 6. The message is that libraries depend on an open and non-discriminatory Internet to provide the public with unfettered access to information. For more talking points, please see the Capwiz Action Alert. You can call Senator Mikulski at 202-224-4654 and Senator Cardin at 202-224-4524.

In April, the House passed a similar resolution to overturn net neutrality—House Joint Resolution 47 (HJ Res 47). For more information on HJ Res 47, see the Legislative Panel blog post. For more of the previous updates on net neutrality, see the Legislative Panel blog posts.

Thanks in advance for any advocacy efforts!

Net Neutrality Update

Last week, a number of things happened regarding net neutrality.  A District Dispatch posting provides more details and links to additional information on the following:

  • Amendment to FY2012 bill passed – This amendment introduced by Senator Walden (R-OR) would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from using federal funds to implement its net neutrality order.  This amendment was included in the FY2012 bill that passed in the House and is heading to the Senate.
  • Hearings held – The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, as well as the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, held hearings on net neutrality.  Video or written documentation is now available.
  • Letters of opposition – The American Library Association (ALA), Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE submitted a letter opposing any attempt to eliminate the FCC’s recent net neutrality rules.  Other letters of opposition from a diverse group of organizations were also submitted and are available for viewing.
  • Joint Resolution – House and Senate Republicans issued joint resolutions (SJ Res 6 and HJ Res 37) disapproving of the recent net neutrality order approved by the FCC.

It is unclear what will happen with net neutrality in the Senate.

This District Dispatch posting also includes a link to a complete list of activity in the 112th Congress dealing with net neutrality.


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