Senate Democrats, joined by Sen. John Kennedy, back reinstating ‘net neutrality’ rules

After weighing the decision for months, Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy joined U.S. Senate Democrats in passing a measure Wednesday to restore Obama-era “net neutrality” internet rules aimed at ensuring equal treatment for all web traffic.

Kennedy was one of just three Republicans to back the effort, which faces an uncertain chance in the House of Representatives and opposition from President Donald Trump’s White House. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were the other two Republicans voting “yes” on the measure, which passed the Senate 52-47.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, cast his vote with the vast majority of other Republicans opposing the move, which would undo the Federal Communications Commission’s December decision to repeal the 2015 set of regulations. Cassidy and other opponents argued the net neutrality rules would stifle innovation on the internet…

 

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