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White House Threatens Veto of Net-Neutrality Bill

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November 8, 2011

The White House threatened on Tuesday to veto legislation that would overturn the Federal Communications Commission's network-neutrality rules aimed at creating a more “open” Internet.

“The administration strongly opposes Senate passage of S.J. Res. 6, which would undermine a fundamental part of the nation’s open Internet and innovation strategy – an enforceable, effective, but flexible policy for keeping the Internet free and open,” the White House said in a statement.

“Today more than ever, the open Internet is essential to job creation, economic growth, and global competitiveness."

 

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has been pushing to repeal so-called net-neutrality regulations. The rules, which Walden sees as burdensome and unjustified, would create new expectations for the way phone and cable companies treat Internet traffic.

The lawmaker has characterized the FCC as an agency gone “amok.” The House passed Walden’s net-neutrality repeal bill in April; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, is a sponsor of the Senate resolution, which is unlikely to get pass.

“It would be ill-advised to threaten the very foundations of innovation in the Internet economy and the democratic spirit that has made the Internet a force for social progress around the world,” the White House said.

“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. “

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