Senate saves net neutrality, now onto the House

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We urge the House of Representatives to do its job and pass this resolution to restore net neutrality.

"This is our chance, our best chance to make sure the internet stays accessible and affordable to all Americans", said Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader.

Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., both voted with the entire Democratic caucus in support of the legislation.

The vote was a rare, and likely only symbolic, win for Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate and a rebuke to regulators that approved a sweeping repeal of the Obama rules.

The congressional effort comes less than a month before the rules are officially expected to expire, on June 11.

Three Republicans crossed the aisle to vote in favor of it: Sens.

Senate Democrats and three Republicans - Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - voted today to restore net neutrality regulations, a move they hope will contribute to the reversal of a recent ruling by the FCC to overturn the 2015 Open Internet Order. However, she said, in many places, consumers do not have multiple providers to choose from. Net neutrality advocates want to put legislators on the record regarding their Internet views.

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While net neutrality advocates celebrated the result, the unfortunate truth is that the vote was largely a waste of time, taking up hours of the Senate's time to achieve a result that will nearly certainly been defeated in the House of Representatives.

Hot on the heels of a surprising 52-47 Senate disapproval of the FCC's new, weaker net neutrality rules, the House of Representatives will soon attempt to force a similar vote under the Congressional Review Act. The measure can not be filibustered in the Senate.

The regulations are strongly supported by liberals and online companies including Amazon, Netflix, Facebook and Google and dozens of smaller web-based companies.

Republicans countered that the rules are heavy-handed and an example of government overregulation, and they accused Democrats of using the issue to fire up young voters ahead of this fall's elections. Telecommunications companies oppose the regulations.

While the Senate has signed off on the measure, it is still unclear if the measure will find much traction in the Republican-dominated House.

Senator Ed Markey, the Massachusetts Democrat who introduced Wednesday's resolution, said during debate on the Senate floor that the measure would guarantee "no slowing down certain websites, no blocking websites, and no charging you more to exercise your 21st century right to access the internet". Edward Markey, D-Mass., that would reverse the FCC's decision.

The 2015 rules were meant to ensure a free and open internet, give consumers equal access to Web content and bar broadband service providers from favoring their own material or others'.

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