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Flake To Use CRA In Bid To Undo FCC Broadband Privacy Rules

Postby sunnyd » Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:11 pm

Story : http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-tech/2017/02/flake-working-on-cra-to-u





Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) confirmed to Ashley on Wednesday that he plans to introduce a resolution that would roll back the FCC’s broadband privacy rules via the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to eliminate agency rules with a simple majority vote. The resolution will be introduced sometime “coming up,” he said, but added that “we’re still looking at the timing.” Sources told Alex that Flake had about 12 co-sponsors lined up as of last week. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), chairwoman of House Energy and Commerce’s technology subcommittee, said last week she was speaking with colleagues in the Senate “daily” about how to best utilize the CRA to undo broadband privacy. Remember that the CRA, which on Tuesday was applied successfully for the first time in 16 years and only the second time ever, also bars an agency from issuing the regulation again in the future.

What’s not clear is whether Congress or the FCC will act first, but momentum to do away with the privacy provision is building. The FCC rules have long drawn fire from telecom industry critics for imposing tougher privacy standards on ISPs like AT&T and Verizon than on online companies like Google and Facebook, which also have access to a great deal of user data. Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai - who's now chairman - dissented when the rules were approved last October under the previous Democratic majority. We’ll be tracking.







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