Senate in party-line vote rejects measure to overturn FCC net-neutrality rules

By Gautham Nagesh, Josiah Ryan and Brendan Sasso | The Hill

The Senate rejected a bid to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s controversial net neutrality rules on Thursday in a party-line vote.

The measure passed the House in April, but failed in the Senate on a vote of 52 to 46. It needed 51 votes to pass and was not subject to a filibuster. The White House threatened earlier this week to veto the measure if it cleared the Senate, which came as no surprise since President Obama made net neutrality part of his campaign platform.

The rules approved by the Commission in December would prevent Internet service providers from discriminating between two similar websites or content providers.

“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,” said ACLU legislative counsel Christopher Calabrese.

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