Some good news on the net neutrality front! Today, after months of anticipation, the Senate voted on S.J. Res. 6 – an anti-net neutrality bill to overturn the Net Neutrality decision adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The final, partisan vote — 46 yeas and 52 nays — defeated the bill!
The defeat of the bill sends a clear message that libraries and those they serve (the public) not only care strongly about this issue but also depend upon a free and open internet to provide unfettered access to all types of information. The bill’s demise now ensures that the FCC order will take effect on November 20.
Thank you to all who reached out and contacted their senators on this very important bill. In addition, thank you to those state librarians and state library association members who provided targeted letters to their senators in key states urging them to defeat the bill. The calls and letters were invaluable in influencing the outcome of this vote!
This outcome — the defeat of S.J. Res. 6 — is a big win for libraries and those we serve!
History on this issue is available on the ALA’s “Net Neutrality Legislative Activity” site and includes links to letters the ALA sent to both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.