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Senate passes net neutrality vote

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The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to keep current net neutrality rules in an effort by Democrats to make sure the internet stays accessible and affordable for all Americans.

Wednesday’s vote in the Senate comes after the Federal Communications Commission voted to undo net neutrality in recent years.

The resolution passed with 52 senators voting yes and 47 voting no. All members of the Democratic caucus said yes, along with three Republicans.

Under the original net neutrality rule, internet service providers were banned from providing faster internet access and preferred services to companies for extra fees.

"Strong net neutrality protections are critical to preserving a free and open internet,” said U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), who voted yes on Wednesday’s measure. “I will continue this fight to ensure consumers can access the content and services they need.”

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey voted no Wednesday. CBS21 News couldn’t get ahold of his office for comment.

The measure now heads to the U.S. House for a vote.

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