Brown undecided on net-neutrality vote

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said on Monday evening that he hasn’t decided how he will vote on a resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s net-neutrality rules.

“Not sure yet,” Brown told The Hill.

The measure is co-sponsored by 42 Senate Republicans and no Democrats. The House passed a resolution to repeal the rules in April. 

{mosads} The Senate will debate the resolution on Wednesday and vote on Thursday, according to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office.  

The resolution needs only a majority to pass and is not subject to a filibuster, according to McConnell’s office. President Obama supports the net-neutrality rules and is expected to veto the resolution if it clears Congress.

The regulations prevent Internet service providers from slowing down or speeding up access to websites. Wireless carriers are banned from blocking lawful websites or applications that compete with their services.

Supporters of the rules say they preserve competition and protect consumer choice, but opponents argue they impose unnecessary burdens on businesses.

The FCC approved the rules along party-lines in December of last year. They are scheduled to go into effect on Nov. 20.

Tags Mitch McConnell
See all Hill.TV See all Video

Most Popular

Load more


See all Video