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(WDAY)—The Senate is reviving a rule preventing internet providers like Comcast and Verizon from blocking access to websites.

Without net neutrality your internet provider could favor certain websites and make others slower than normal.

It was enacted in 2015 before the FCC repealed it in December.

A democratic Massachusetts senator introduced an effort to preserve neutrality, and it passed the senate floor with a 52 to 47 vote.

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp says she believes it has a lot of Republican support because of special interests.

She says internet providers always tell her they won't throttle connections, even if there's no net neutrality.

"What I say is if you're not going to do it, then you should be okay with the existing Net Neutrality rule not being changed by the FCC," said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

Republican Sen. John Hoeven says we need to develop fair and open access to the internet without re-using Obama's net neutrality regulation.

When the FCC overturned it in December, congressman Kevin Cramer said he supports a free and open internet, but calls the democratic 'net neutrality' "a political mudslinging match."

The resolution has to pass in the House, to keep moving forward.