With her pockets bulging with money from big internet providers such as Comcast, Verizon and Time Warner, Sen. Deb Fischer has again failed Nebraskans by proclaiming that a Senate vote to preserve so-called net neutrality was a “a political distraction.”
But the fact that Fischer voted Wednesday against a measure to preserve net neutrality should come as no surprise.
That’s because Fischer has accepted more than $381,000 from Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Comcast, Verizon and Time Warner and people affiliated with those companies.
Fischer voted earlier to end net neutrality, which protected consumers by requiring that ISPs provide equal internet access to all and prohibiting them from blocking, slowing down or charging for specific websites and online content.
Fischer also voted to overturn an FCC privacy rule and allow ISPs to sell customer data — including Nebraskans’ internet browsing history.
Bottom line: Deb. Fischer is a Senator for Sale.
“Sen. Fischer is again talking out of both sides of her mouth,” said Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb. “She says she supports protecting internet users — Nebraska families, working people and students — but jumps in line and votes to protect the likes of the big ISPs who write her checks in exchange for her vote.”