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Senate Narrowly Votes to Keep Net Neutrality in Place

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Net neutrality regulations, designed to prevent Internet service providers from prioritizing traffic, will remain on the books for the time being.

By a narrow 52-46 vote, the Senate overturned a largely-Republican sponsored “resolution of disapproval” of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules.

The vote was symbolic, according to a Reuters report, as President Obama promised earlier in the week to veto the resolution if it arrived at his desk.

The open Internet regulations, scheduled to go into effect Nov. 20, bar service providers from regulating speeds or prioritizing traffic flow to favor certain content providers. In effect, all Internet content must travel at the same rate of speed across networks.

According to a report by The Hill, the regulations are facing numerous lawsuits that claim the FCC exceeded its authority in implementing the rules. Other filings from public interest groups claim the FCC did not go far enough in mandating an open Internet.

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