The House Energy & Commerce Committee released a bipartisan draft of a comprehensive consumer internet privacy bill just before 2019 year-end. With countless online privacy abuses, data misuses, and security breaches in recent years, these legislative developments are highly welcome progress.
In Congress, as with the American public, a broad consensus exists that the time is ripe for the enactment of federal consumer data privacy protections. All eyes have now turned to Sens. Cantwell and Wicker with the expectation that they will soon come forward with a bipartisan bill that can attract broad support in both the House and the Senate.
It’s entirely possible for Congress to enact a net neutrality bill this year, but there is little time to spare. Posturing should give way to negotiating. That’s the only way that both sides of the aisle and both sides of Capitol Hill will be able to point to a real accomplishment: putting core open internet provisions in statute law.