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Senate Votes to Halt Net Neutrality Repeal

Today the Senate voted 52–47 to block the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of “net neutrality” regulations.
The FCC’s net neutrality rollback—known as the Restoring Internet Freedom Order and approved in December of last year—overturned Obama-era rules that placed tight restrictions on internet service providers’ ability to slow or speed up content, and to charge users for faster speeds. The repeal is supposed to go into effect on June 11.
Three Republicans—Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Joe Kennedy of Louisiana—crossed the aisle to vote with all 49 Senate Democrats. The resolution now goes to the House of Representatives for approval.
Net neutrality proponents are hailing the vote as a major win. “This is a key step toward preserving a fair & open Internet,” tweets Sen. Jack Reed (D–R.I). Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) calls it “an historic victory.”
But the vote is largely symbolic. The GOP’s 42-seat majority in the House all

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