Business Insider reports:
The US Senate on Wednesday voted narrowly in favor of reinstating the Federal Communications Commission’s net-neutrality rules. Though the vote on the measure has been expected for months, its outcome had been uncertain going into the vote. Fifty senators previously declared their support for it — one shy of the majority needed to pass it.
In the end, three Republicans joined with all 47 Democrats and two Democratic-leaning senators to back the measure.
Earlier in the day, the measure overcame a procedural hurdle, portending its eventual outcome. The same three Republicans — Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — joined with their colleagues across the aisle to pass a motion to proceed with a final vote. Collins had previously said she supported the underlying measure.
BREAKING: We did it! The Senate just voted to protect #NetNeutrality.
— ACLU (@ACLU) May 16, 2018
— Senator Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) May 16, 2018
BREAKING: The Senate just voted to keep #NetNeutrality rules – a huge victory for protecting the free & open internet.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) May 16, 2018
BREAKING: We just won the vote in the Senate on #NetNeutrality. Thanks to everyone for pushing so hard. We have more work to do but this is an excellent beginning.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) May 16, 2018