Nebraska lawmakers speak up on net neutrality repeal


Nebraska lawmakers are speaking out after an FCC vote to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality regulation.

Congressman Adrian Smith praised the decision to reduce the government's hold over the internet.

“To protect consumers’ privacy and maintain a free and open internet, rulemaking must be specific and concise," Smith said. "Privacy protections fall within the jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), but executive rulemaking by the Obama administration violated this jurisdiction by giving more regulatory authority to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with less effective rules. When federal agencies engage in turf wars, consumers usually lose. The FCC’s decision to reduce the government’s hold over the internet and return jurisdiction to the FTC does not change current privacy protections – it simply restores the framework which effectively governed the internet for all the years prior to the Obama administration’s regulatory action.”

Senator Deb Fischer said more legislation might be necessary in the future to maintain an open internet.

“I believe we can preserve the core values of an open and accessible internet while supporting innovation, but congressional input is necessary to accomplish these goals," Fischer said. "I am open to legislative efforts to ensure we maintain an open internet, and I look forward to working with my colleagues from both sides on this issue.”

Senator Ben Sasse declined to comment on the FCC ruling.

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