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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai arrives for an FCC meeting where they will vote on net neutrality, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senate votes to reinstate FCC's net neutrality rules


Updated May 16, 2018 04:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - The Senate voted Wednesday to reinstate the FCC's net neutrality rules for regulating the internet, according to The Hill.

The Hill reported Wednesday that Democrats forced the vote using an obscure legislative device known as the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

CRA bills allow Congress - including majorities in both the House and Senate - to overturn recent agency moves following the president's signature.

Democrats will need 25 Republicans in the House, however, for a similar bill to pass in that chamber, leaving it with steeper odds of surviving there.

The net neutrality regulations would require internet service providers to treat all web traffic equall, including by favoring some apps or services over others.

The FCC voted to gut the rules last December, one of many instances President Trump's administration has reversed course on regulations imposed by former President Barack Obama's administration.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has set June 11 as the repeal date for "net neutrality" rules meant to prevent broadband companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.

Among other things, the rules prohibited companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from favoring some services and apps over others.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says the repeal aims to replace "heavy-handed" rules with a "light-touch" approach to internet regulation.

The FCC voted in December to gut the rules.

Currently, more than half of states have introduced legislation to preserve net neutrality in their states. A Senate vote on a federal bill is expected next week. If that passes, the House has until the end of the year to vote on it.

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