The German chancellor's comments were reported by Reuters.
Advocates are wrangling over rules for the so-called "speical access" market.
More than three dozen digital-rights advocates and academics sent the White House a letter.
The Internet Association represents giants including Google, Facebook and Amazon.
Google has pressed to block a broad subpoena for information about its takedown policies.
The bill is heading for a committee vote on Wednesday.
The House will be busy on technology legislation in the coming week
Steny Hoyer will soon introduce legislation launching President Obama's multibillion-dollar effort...
The bill is aimed at chipping away at the FCC's net neutrality rules.
The agency head typically leaves when a president from the opposing party is elected.
The proposed fine appears timed with a major overhaul of the FCC's Lifeline program.
Franken has asked a number of major companies for similar information.
They say they can push to attach the bill as a rider in broader legislation.
"They're trying to introduce themselves before there’s any problem," said one lobbyist.
The European Commission could take the Privacy Shield back to the negotiating table.
The bill will get a long-awaited committee vote on Wednesday.
The internet service plan required users to pay a one-time construction fee.
Through the Lifeline program, the FCC recognizes broadband access is a tool, not a luxury.
Drone manufacturers are testing their devices for use in emergency response efforts.
A Facebook subsidiary could be the next tech firms in the encryption hot seat.
The proposal covers a little-known but important part of the broadband market.
A federal judge said the settlement "shortchanged" drivers.
The Hill obtained a discussion draft of the long-awaited Senate measure.
Cars are already on the roads in Phoenix, according to a Thursday report.