All 95 U.S. House and Senate candidates who pledged support for ‘Net neutrality’ lost

“Before Tuesday’s midterm elections, there were 95 House and Senate candidates who pledged support for Net neutrality, a bill that would force Internet providers to not charge users more for certain kinds of Web content,” David Goldman reports for CNNMoney. “All of them lost — and that could mean the contentious proposal may now be all but dead.”

“The Federal Communications Commission tried to implement Net neutrality rules but got smacked down in April by a court ruling saying it did not have the authority to do so,” Goldman reports. “As a result, it is preparing a proposal asking Congress to give it new authority to regulate broadband Internet service.”

Goldman reports, “Republican lawmakers largely oppose the idea of Net neutrality. Though a majority of Democratic lawmakers support the issue — all of the 95 candidates that said they would support Net neutrality on the left-leaning Progressive Change Campaign Committee’s website were Democrats — they have been divided on whether to pass the FCC’s proposed legislation. The debate over Net neutrality has been fiercely fought on both sides, and experts say the FCC’s proposed legislation had little chance of passing even in the current Congress.

“The widespread Democratic losses made an already uphill battle even tougher. More than a dozen incumbent congressmen who had voted for a similar Net neutrality bill in 2006 were voted out of office on Tuesday, most notably Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., a 28-year House veteran,” Goldman reports. “Now, experts say the FCC needs to regroup and weigh its options.”

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92 Comments

  1. The US Chamber of Commerce Thanks You for your vote- you’ve been punched.
    1 Remember when the teabaggers said they were not Republicans- except they were and are.
    2 Remember all that talk about being balanced budget hawks- except they are for a tax cut extension that will blow a $700 Billion + hole in the budget EVERY YEAR.
    3 Remember all that talk about killing earmarks- except they are not.

    They are, however, going to carry the water for the US CoC and the Koch brothers, who funded and egged on this astroturf movement. This supposedly leaderless movement lead by Dick Armey.

  2. Right wing, Left wing, Middle wing… if you think the FCC has a rat’s arse clue about what it’s doing and needs MORE POWER, then you really need to get back on your meds.

  3. See what happens when you privatize? The U.S. government is owned by big business, you no longer have a say anymore. ‘Course for some, “….This is what you want, and this is what you get.” But keep on railing about how Capitalism is so much better than Democracy or Civil Society: “Some men you just can’t reach.”

    And when groceries go up 18% and your stomach’s rumbling, just think how much better off ConAgra stock is. And thank god that there are enough multi million dollar F-22s® to defend against non existent enemy superpowers. F-22 Raptor copyright the Lockheed Martin/Boeing corporations – not the American taxpayers who paid for them.

  4. @His Shadow

    “But I guess it’s not surprising given that 8 years of Bush drove the US to world record debt”

    Obama/Pelosi/Reid added more to the national debt in less than two years than had been accumulated since the Washington administration.

  5. @wmd: Healthcare in the USA is the best in the world (for the very few who can afford it)

    Nothing about free reign private enterprise run companies = quality + cheap. China is about as unregulated a place as you can get, is communist and yet consistently churns out lower and lower quality. Germany is “socialist”, with 5 week vacations and plenty of social aid and has some of the highest quality precision instruments and knives in the world.

    Quit using the word “socialism” as boogeyman.

  6. MDN take:

    Just goes to show – the Republicans are the party of the big corporations. Help those cable companies raise their rates. It is a big corporate tax on the the people.

    Republicans believe in raising taxes. It is just that your tax $$ go to the corporations, not to your schools or roads or fire departments.

  7. Before all you left-wingers get your panties in a bunch (not that I could stop you), you all need to read rwahrens comment above. The article as written is, while not technically a lie, such a spin-job that ass-hat Keith Olberman might as well be telling (screaming) it.

    That said, I support net neutrality. Bits are bits, pipes are pipes, and if the telecoms want to “regulate to provide fair usage”, they should do that with tiered pricing and not controlling what kind of bits get through.

  8. The whole slate of Tea Party Christian Conservative social issues are just a cover for the real movement behind it: the rule of this country by certain corporations and the super wealthy. The Koch brothers are perfect examples of those who inherited wealth instead of earning it, and for whom too much is never enough. The little guy in the street with tea bags on his hat is being boiled like a frog by the very politician he supports. We’re entering a new feudalism.

  9. I’ll give the right-wingers credit for one thing: they are very, very good at getting people to vote against their own best interests.

    It will be interesting to see if many of those who support the right are enjoying the fruits of said support in the next 2-4 years.

  10. LOL!! Galloway, the point of the article I copied from Techdirt is that the article MDN is copying is spinning things its own way, and is therefor wrong.

    Point being that this election was NOT about net neutrality, unless you spin it like that idiot reporter did.

    Plus, net neutrality is about pipes being dumb pipes, and not allowing the telecoms to price different data differently according to where it comes from. Not the other way around…

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