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Sen. Manchin votes to 'protect net neutrality'

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin joined 48 Democrats and three Republicans to pass legislation that would repeal recent changes made by the Federal Communications Commission.

In December, the FCC voted to end net neutrality rules, which barred internet service providers from speeding up or slowing down traffic from specific websites.

“I have heard from thousands of West Virginians who want an internet that is free of content-based discrimination and support increased reliable, affordable internet access throughout our state," stated U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. "That’s why I strongly opposed the FCC’s decision to repeal basic net neutrality protections, and today I voted to protect net neutrality rules. We cannot let internet providers block or slow down internet traffic and force us to pay more for popular sites. The internet has always been and should always be free and open. I hope this will encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both legislative bodies to negotiate a responsible, balanced bipartisan solution that codifies strong net neutrality protections and finally resolves this debate.”

Read more: Senate votes to reinstate net neutrality

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