The Senate on Wednesday voted 52-47 to preserve the Obama-era rules, which prevent internet service providers from slowing down or speeding up access to certain websites and apps. Late last year, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the net neutrality guidelines.
Wednesday's bill would need backing from the House of Representative, as well as a signature from President Trump, to succeed in reversing the FCC's rollback, conditions that make the vote more of a symbolic victory than a practical one, NPR notes. Still, Democrats lauded the vote, with Sen. Edward Markey (Mass.) saying, "Today is a monumental day."
Critics of the resolution passed Wednesday say a decision on net neutrality rules should be reached through bipartisan legislation. Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), John Kennedy (La.), and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) crossed partisan lines to vote in favor of saving net neutrality. Mary Catalfamo