With much of the media's attention focused on the European debt crisis, the Rick Perry debate fiasco, or the scandal at PSU, today's vote in the Senate on net neutrality has gotten little attention.
S.J. Res 6 ("Disapproval of Federal Communications Commission Rule Regulating the Internet and Broadband Industry Practices") was voted down this afternoon 46 to 52. The resolution was an attempt to prevent the FCC's order that promoted net neutrality from taking effect on November 20.
Andrew Breitbart's Big Government ran a column today before the vote calling the FCC position "an egregious overreach".
On the other hand, the reaction from other quarters was one of relief that the FCC rules will now be implemented. The website District Dispatch from the Washington Office of the American Library Association praised the vote result.
"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," wrote Corey Williams, Association Director, Office of Government Relations for the ALA.
It appears that the issue net neutrality is, and will remain, a political football.