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Senate Votes to Defy FCC, Reinstate Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai waits to be introduced during a forum April 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. FCC Chairman Pai and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue participated in an Agriculture Department forum to discuss "improving e-connectivity in rural America." (Photo by …
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The Senate voted on Wednesday to save the FCC’s Obama-era net neutrality rules, which are set to expire on June 11.

Democrats used a little-known legislative mechanism known as the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to force a vote. Three Republican senators — Susan Collins (R-ME), John Kennedy (R-MS), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted for the measure.

Despite the Senate’s best efforts to have the rules reinstated, the bill has little chance of passing the Republican-controlled House.

The Commission — now chaired by Ajit Pai — repealed the order in April.

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