President Obama has threatened to use his veto power for just the third time in his presidency if the Senate passes a bill blocking the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, Deadline.com reports.
The vote in the Senate is expected to be close on the bill being shepherded by Texas Republican Kay Bailey Hutchinson, the story says. The House passed a similar bill in April.
In a statement backing net neutrality, the White House said: “The open Internet enables entrepreneurs to create new services without fear of undue discrimination by network providers.”
The Obama administration also said legislation blocking net neutrality would “threaten the very foundations of innovation in the Internet economy and the democratic spirit that has made the Internet a force for social progress around the world.”
The FCC rules also face a court test, the story notes, with Verizon challenging the agency’s authority over the Internet.