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"This is our chance, our best chance to make sure the internet stays accessible and affordable to all Americans", said Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said the internet thrived long before the Obama administration stepped in with rules in 2015, and he predicted that when the FCC repeal is in place, consumers won't notice a change in their service.

Senate Democrats narrowly won a vote Wednesday to save net neutrality rules that ensure unobstructed access to the internet.

Wednesday's vote stopped the order from going into effect on June 11, the repeals formal start date.

The three Republican Senators who voted in support of the CRA were Sens.

But following several days of campaigning on the issue, three Republican senators were ultimately persuaded to vote in favor of the proposal - Susan Collins (R-ME), John Kennedy (R-LA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) - which was approved 52 votes to 47 and will now move to the House for review. However, she said, in many places, consumers do not have multiple providers to choose from. But net-neutrality advocates argue that smaller companies that don't have the money to pay for fast lanes could suffer. The measure can not be filibustered in the Senate. Namely, the measure has to go through a Republican majority House and President Donald Trump. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai led the charge against the net neutrality regulations, calling them an example of government overreach that discouraged internet providers from investing in upgrades to their networks. Telecommunications companies oppose the regulations.

Diminished investment was not the result of Net Neutrality, per se.

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That means Republican politicians would likely need to break ranks for Democrats to score a win there. Ed Markey (D-MA) before the vote. The resolution Democrats are putting forward today would undo that progress.

"Politicians see the light when they feel the heat! This resolution takes us in the wrong direction, and we should reject it". "The American people have spoken and the American people should listen".

Thune has been pushing for bipartisan legislation, a draft of which he proposed in 2015, that would give the FCC limited authority to enforce net neutrality protections.

Bi-partisan legislation to secure the precepts of Net Neutrality is feasible, but instead the Democrats prefer to showboat with the CRA. The strategy assumes that net neutrality can top or at least compete with other hot-button issues including jobs, trade and immigration.

Net neutrality supporters in the Senate, though, say this is a fight they'll willingly take to the ballot box.

Mark Farrell, mayor of San Francisco, took to Twitter before the vote to urge people to call their congressional representatives and ask them to support the resolution.

"These are the policies that every American benefits from and it enables our modern economy", Doyle said at a press conference after the Senate passed a bill reinstating net neutrality.