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Senate Democrats took to the chamber floor Tuesday to demand Majority Leader Mitch McConnell call a vote on net neutrality legislation that passed the House in April. More than 100 activist groups made the same demands in an open letter delivered to McConnell, one year after the open internet protections were repealed by the Federal Communications Commission.

Leading the charge: Senators Maria Canwell of Washington, Ron Wyden of Oregon, and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, pressed McConnell to bring the Save the Internet Act to the floor, citing public support for the legislation.

Yes, but: The gesture isn’t likely to have an impact. When asked about the effort, McConnell referred The Hill to previous comments in which he said the legislation was “dead on arrival in the Senate.”

Background: Net neutrality is a policy that requires internet providers to deliver all traffic at the same speeds without speeding up or throttling certain content. The Obama-era policy was repealed by the FCC last year.

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