CD125: Un-Governing the Internet

The Internet is a powerful international communications tool; how does the 114th Congress plan to change how it's governed? In this episode, learn about the bills that are moving through Congress that could have a direct effect on the future of the Internet.


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Bills Highlighted in This Episode

H.R. 2666: No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act

Bill Highlights

Votes

  • Passed the House of Representatives 241-173

Author

Organizations Lobbying For This Bill


H.R. 4596: Small Business Broadband Deployment Act

Bill Highlights

  • Paragraphs 162 through 184 of the FCC's net neutrality order will not apply to small businesses for 5 years
    • Information the "small businesses" would be exempt from having to provide customers includes:
      • Information about promotional rates, including the duration of the promotion and the full monthly charge the customer will incur after the promotion expires
      • All one-time and/or recurring fees, including modem rental fees, installation charges, service charges, and early termination fees.
      • Actual network performance
  • A "small business" is one that has fewer than 250,000 subscribers

Votes

  • Passed the House of Representatives 411-0

Author

Organizations Lobbying For This Bill

  • Cellular Telecom & Internet Association
  • US Telecom Association

H.R. 699: Email Privacy Act

Bill Highlights

  • Prohibits electronic communication services from disclosing the contents of communications that the company is holding or maintaining (without this bill, only communications "stored" would be protected).
  • Eliminates the current law that allows the government to access using only subpoenas (as opposed to warrants) for electronic communications that have been stored more than 180 days
  • Replaces the 180 divider with new text that requires warrants regardless of the amount of time the information is stored.
  • Allows the electronic communication services to notify their customers of a received warrant, court order, subpoena, or request, if they want to.
  • Expands the amount of time the government may delay notification of customers about a warrant, subpoena, order, or other directive from 90 days to 180 days.
  • Eliminates a current provision of law that requires the government to inform the customer about the information the government requested and why the notification was delayed.

Vote

  • Passed the House of Representatives 419-0

Author

Organizations Lobbying For This Bill

  • Yahoo
  • Google
  • AT&T
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Deutsche Bank

H.R. 805: DOTCOM Act of 2015

Bill Highlights

  • Prohibits the transition of NTIA's functions in Internet domain name registry until 30 days after Congress receives a report outlining the transition plan.

Votes

  • Passed the House of Representatives 378-25

Author

Organizations that lobbyed on H.R. 805

  • Verisign

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