DATA RELEASE: Senate Blocks Attempt to Overturn FCC's Net Neutrality Rule

Nov. 10, 2011 - On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted along party lines (46-52) to block S.J.Res. 6, a joint resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with respect to regulating the Internet and broadband industry practices. The FCC's net neutrality rule was adopted in December 2010.

  • Interest groups that supported this motion gave 5.2 times as much to Senators that voted 'YES' as they gave to Senators that voted 'NO'.
  • Interest groups that opposed this motion gave 12 times as much to Senators that voted 'NO' as they gave to Senators that voted 'YES'.
  • *Contributions from industries traditionally supporting net neutrality policy (Online computer services) and from industries traditionally opposing net neutrality policy (Cable & satellite TV production & distribution; Telephone utilities; Telecommunications) can be found here.

*This analysis uses stated industry support of or opposition to net neutrality as a policy, rather than the industry's stated position on S.J.Res. 6.

METHODOLOGY: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to Senators in office on day of vote, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2011. Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

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