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Citizens visit Senator's office to ask for net neutrality support

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Citizens gathered outside of U.S. Sen John Kennedy's four Louisiana offices Tuesday, delivering petitions and waving signs that urge the senator to vote a resolution that would restore net neutrality.

Only one more vote is needed in the senate to pass the resolution, which some believe would overrule the FCC's decision to remove controls on internet access that have controlled the industry for years. 

In Lafayette, a petition signed by more than 6,000 Louisiana residents was delivered to Kennedy's local office. Similar delegations made similar deliveries to Kennedy's Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Shreveport offices. 

The FCC's December vote removed controls that prevented internet providers from using price to control access. 

Since the FCC's vote, a 'resolution of disapproval' has been introduced in the Senate, under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which some believe would reverse the FCC's decision and restore net neutrality. Fifty senators have already supported the resolution, which is guaranteed a floor vote. It needs only 51 to pass the Senate.

The group, Team Internet, is coordinated by the national grassroots groups Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, and Free Press Action Fund, and involves nearly half a million people organizing in-person activism events to support net neutrality.

Last month prior to the FCC vote, the national group organized hundreds of protests in all 50 states, a spokesman said.

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