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Senate Commerce Commitee Vote A Tie! (See How They Voted) 06-28-2006

The It's Our Net Coalition issued the following statement today after the Senate Commerce Committee cast a tie vote of 11-11 on the Net Neutrality amendment introduced by Senators Olympia Snowe and Byron Dorgan:

The intense debate that resulted in a today's tie vote (11-11) on Net Neutrality clearly underscores the Senate Commcerce Committee's discomfort with abandoning rules that until now have ensured an open, innovative and competitive Internet marketplace. Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Bryon Dorgan (D-ND) have been unfailing champions for Internet users across America, and we thank them for their understanding and dedication to an Internet without discrimination.

The issue of Net Neutrality will not go away. Over the past several months, a groundswell of grassroots concern has emerged from a broad spectrum of right-left organizations, consumer and public interest groups, Internet companies, educational institutions, trade associations, innovators, venture capitalists, and family and religious groups. Their voices will only grow louder as more Americans learn what is at stake.

We strongly urge Members of the Senate to not take up the overall telecom bill unless and until strong Net Neutrality provisions are included. We are confident that Congress will ultimately do the right thing for consumers, competition and the future of the Internet by ensuring that Net Neutrality prevails and that the Internet remains the remarkable open marketplace for ideas and innovation that it is today.

How the Senate Commerce Committee voted on Net Neutrality: 11-11

Republicans
Chairman Ted Stevens (AK) -- No

John McCain (AZ) -- No

Conrad Burns (MT) -- No

Trent Lott (MS) -- No

Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) -- No

Olympia J. Snowe (ME) -- YES

Gordon H. Smith (OR) -- No

John Ensign (NV) -- No

George Allen (VA) -- No

John E. Sununu (NH) -- No

Jim DeMint (SC) -- No

David Vitter (LA) -- No

Democrats

Co-Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (HI) – YES

John D. Rockefeller (WV) – YES

John F. Kerry (MA) – YES

Byron L. Dorgan (ND) – YES

Barbara Boxer (CA) – YES

Bill Nelson (FL) – YES

Maria Cantwell (WA) – YES

Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ) – YES

E. Benjamin Nelson (NE) – YES

Mark Pryor (AR) -- YES

How the Senate Commerce Committee voted on final passage of the communications bill: 15-7

Republicans

Chairman Ted Stevens (AK) – YES

John McCain (AZ) – YES

Conrad Burns (MT) – YES

Trent Lott (MS) – YES

Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) – YES

Olympia J. Snowe (ME) – YES

Gordon H. Smith (OR) – YES

John Ensign (NV) – YES

George Allen (VA) – YES

John E. Sununu (NH) – YES

Jim DeMint (SC) – YES

David Vitter (LA) – YES

Democrats

Co-Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (HI) – YES

John D. Rockefeller (WV) – No

John F. Kerry (MA) – No

Byron L. Dorgan (ND) – No

Barbara Boxer (CA) – No

Bill Nelson (FL) – No

Maria Cantwell (WA) – No

Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ) – No

E. Benjamin Nelson (NE) – YES

Mark Pryor (AR) – YES