Obama Threatens To Veto Senate's Anti-Net-Neutrality Resolution

Brad Chacos

After hemming and hawing (and probably a heck of a lot of backroom dealings), the FCC finally passed a basic – if very limited – version of net neutrality late last December. As could be expected, net neutrality opponents began frothing at the mouth and threatening to sue the day the law went into effect (which happens in 12 days, actually). This week, Senators are voting on S.J. Res. 6, a simply worded resolution that aims to defang the new net neutrality rules. The White House released a statement today saying, basically, “Don’t even try it.”

As we said, the resolution itself is waaaaaaaay more straightforward than any other bill you’d ever see in Washington:

That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to the matter of preserving the open Internet and broadband industry practices (Report and Order FCC 10-201, adopted by the Commission on December 21, 2010), and such rule shall have no force or effect .

The White House statement is a bit longer – it spends a long paragraph defending the Obama administration’s position – but the “Getting down to business” part is just as straightforward:

If the President is presented with S.J. Res. 6, which would not safeguard the free and open Internet, his senior advisers would recommend that he veto the Resolution .

The White House even went so far as to underline the sentence. That way, you know the administration is serious, you see. Expect to see even more opposition to the net neutrality laws once they actually go live.

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