The Senate has voted to pass a measure to keep net neutrality rules the same.
Massachusetts Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren were two of the 49 Democrats who backed the measure that would repeal changes to net neutrality.
BREAKING: The Senate just voted to restore #NetNeutrality! We won.
To all of those who kept fighting and didn’t get discouraged: you did this. You raised your voices and we heard you. Thank you.
Now the fight continues. On to the House!— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) May 16, 2018
Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer spoke after the vote began Wednesday, arguing that “future of the internet” is at stake.
The final tally was 52 to 47, as three Republican senators joined senate Democrats in voting yes Wednesday. The bill would reverse a decision the FCC made last December, to undo net neutrality rules, put in place by the Obama administration.
Democrats want to stop internet providers from blocking access, filtering content, or charging higher fees. I’m speaking on the Senate floor ahead of a big vote to save #NetNeutrality. Tune in live – while you still can: https://t.co/655MpjhIbJ— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) May 16, 2018
This comes just weeks before June 11, which is when the net neutrality rules would end.
The measure now goes to the House, where it’s not expected to pass. If it fails, internet providers would be able to favor certain websites, by slowing them down or speeding them up.