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June 28, 2006

Net Neutrality Loses in Senate Vote Today

The net neutrality vote finally took place in the Senate Commerce Committee.  The amendment that would have mandated net neutrality failed on an 11 to 11 tie vote.  A second net neutrality bill failed 12 to 10.  The Committee then voted the larger telecommunications overhaul bill to the full Senate on a 15-7 vote.  According to the Washington Post, Senate Commerce Committee chair Ted Stevens (R-AK) said he does not have the 60 votes to cut off debate.  Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has indicated he will push net neutrality on the Senate floor, or otherwise obstruct the bill without neutrality provisions.

See stories in CNET and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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