Senate votes to reinstate net neutrality

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The U.S. Senate this afternoon has voted to restore the net neutrality rules recently dropped by the Federal Communications Commission.

In a 52 to 47 vote, lawmakers said they wanted to keep in place rules that prevent Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, from blocking or slowing online access and speed.

All 49 Senate Democrats and three Republicans voted in favor of keeping net neutrality.

The effort nows moves to the House of Representatives, where it faces a tougher battle to pass.

Should net neutrality make it through the House, the legislation would then have to be signed by President Trump who, in the past, has been critical of the net neutrality rules.

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp voted to reinstate the net neutrality rules, while North Dakota Senator John Hoeven voted against reinstating the rules.

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