Five years ago, the Federal Communications Commission went off a time-honored course – the course that had been set in the early days of the commercial internet by the Clinton Administration and followed during the administration of George W. Bush.
Two United States senators finally decided to take action to pull us out of the net neutrality vortex. Sen. Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi, and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona, are ignoring the gridlock that is Washington to put the net neutrality issue to rest.
America’s leaders today should remember the good advice of our founding fathers and reflect with smart policymaking that the U.S.’s global competitiveness, national security, and economic growth and stability at home depend on our ability to maintain leadership in innovation. If we don’t step up the pace, at the end of the next decade we’ll find ourselves far behind.
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.