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Laxalt, Sandoval at Odds on Protecting Net Neutrality

Today, at an event for the National Governors Association, Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval said he opposed the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to roll back net neutrality, allowing big cable companies to throttle Internet speeds and inhibit access to competitors’ websites. This draws a stark contrast between the governor and his fellow Republican who is seeking to replace him, Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who has been conspicuously absent from actions to protect net neutrality.

Laxalt has had ample chances to join Gov. Sandoval and his fellow attorneys general in opposing the rollback of net neutrality.

  • In July 2017, a coalition of 14 state attorneys general opposed the planned vote to roll back net neutrality. Laxalt remained silent.
  • In December 2017, 18 state attorneys general called on the FCC to delay the net neutrality vote until an investigation into fake comments impersonating real people made during the open comment period on the rule was completed. Adam Laxalt declined to join his colleagues in signing this letter.
  • When the FCC ignored the request and moved forward with the vote, attorneys general announced a multi-state lawsuit against the agency. Once again, Laxalt was absent.


Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Helen Kalla released the following statement:

“It becomes clearer by the day that not only is Adam Laxalt not on the same page as Gov. Sandoval, he’s not even reading the same book. Now, voters can add net neutrality to the long list of issues on which Laxalt is out of step with Sandoval, including immigration, marriage equality, and education funding, just to name a few. Laxalt’s record leaves little doubt that he would undo all the progress Nevada has made and take our state in the wrong direction.”