Senate may be nearing vote on net neutrality

The Senate may be nearing a vote on a resolution that would let Congress review the Federal Communication Commission’s rules regarding net neutrality.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Tx.) told The Daily Caller that enough senators have signed a petition formally disapproving of the agency’s rules in order to consider the net neutrality proposal under the Congressional Review Act. Under that act, Congress can vote to overturn the open Internet rules. Hutchinson said she hopes to have a vote on the resolution next week.

The FCC’s proposal, which passed the commission in December, were published in the Federal Register in late September and will officially go into effect on Nov. 20.

The House already voted to approve a bill to overturn the rules in April; Senate passage of a similar bill would send the legislation to the White House for approval. The White House, through the Office of Management and Budget, has said it would veto such legislation, The Washington Post reported.

When asked for comment, the FCC said in an e-mailed statement that it invested in broadband, and the industries it supports has grown since the order was adopted. “We are pleased that, since its adoption, the Commission’s open Internet framework has brought certainty and predictability, stimulating increased innovation and investment across the broadband economy,” the statement said. “The mobile apps economy has created tens of thousands of new jobs in the past two years and continues to grow. Any effort to disrupt or unsettle that certainty, which has been widely supported by industry, will only undermine innovation and investment in this space.”

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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