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December 5, 2011
You recently contacted my office to express your views on net neutrality. I write today to update you on actions in Congress related to this issue.
The Senate recently voted on S.J.Res. 6, a "resolution of disapproval" that would have prohibited the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from implementing rules to safeguard a free and open Internet. I joined with a majority of my colleagues in voting to defeat the resolution, meaning the FCC rules will go into effect-a victory for consumers.
Unfiltered access to information and services is the hallmark of the Internet. That is why I support the FCC's rules. Contrary to what you may have heard, the FCC's proposal does not amount to a "government takeover of the Internet." The rules are narrow in scope, regulating only Internet service providers, not websites. The rules, for example, prevent service providers from slowing down or speeding up access to websites that they might favor or disfavor and are banned from blocking websites or applications, for example, that might compete with their own services.
Universal, affordable, and unfiltered access to the Internet is central to economic growth, job creation, and global competitiveness for our country. For these reasons, I will continue to support legislation, policies, and practices that improve and expand Internet access.
Thank you for your continued interest in these matters. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or if I can be of any assistance to you.
United States Senator
A joint resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission with respect to regulating the Internet and broadband industry practices.
There are 2 versions of Bill Number S.J.RES.6 for the 112th Congress. Usually, the last item is the most recent.
1 . Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications... (Introduced in Senate - IS)[S.J.RES.6.IS][PDF]
2 . Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications... (Placed on Calendar Senate - PCS)[S.J.RES.6.PCS][PDF]