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Three Republicans joined all 49 Democrats to vote to keep the regulations in place, reversing the widely protested decision made by Ajit Pai's FCC back in December of past year to repeal them.

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.

He said the internet thrived long before the Obama administration stepped in, and he predicted that when the Trump administration's rule scrapping net neutrality goes into effect in June, consumers will not notice a change in service.

"Today, we show the American people who sides with them, and who sides with the powerful special interests and corporate donors who are thriving under this administration", Markey said to the Senate.

Thune argued that the main components of net neutrality - a ban on blocking, throttling and paid prioritization - already had broad approval and so Congress should move forward with plans to draft them into the law.

"House Republicans don't have to choose the same path that the vast majority of Republicans in the Senate chose", Schumer said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Like this story? Share it with a friend! A 2016 open internet order codified those regulations, but a Republican-led FCC did away with the rules back in December.

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"It's very hard to say the public should trust their ISPs not to violate net neutrality principles, as they actually have a history of doing so even when the FCC had rules against it", Trendacosta said Wednesday.

That the FCC overturned its net-neutrality rules was no surprise.

Net neutrality has been championed by congressional Democrats, who hope that their support of an open internet will appeal to young voters. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and John Kennedy (La.).

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., who voted in favor of Wednesday's resolution, said she has heard from more than 5,500 North Dakotans anxious about web access. Even if it got the support of all 193 House Democrats, it would need more than two dozen Republicans to force a vote over the objections of the chamber's GOP leaders.

Republicans like Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia think Democrats are wrong on the policy of net neutrality and that eliminating FCC rules will expand competition and consumer choice.

"I have heard from thousands of West Virginians who want an internet that is free of content-based discrimination and support increased reliable, affordable internet access throughout our state", stated U.S. Senator Joe Manchin.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called the vote disappointing but added that "ultimately, I'm confident that their effort to reinstate heavy-handed government regulation of the Internet will fail". Today's vote is a sign that the fight for internet freedom is far from over.