OVERNIGHT TECH: Lawmakers huddle over data security bill Wednesday

House passes wireless tax freeze: The House approved a bill Tuesday to ban new state or local taxes on wireless phone bills for five years. The bill is strongly supported by CTIA, a trade group that represents major wireless carriers including AT&T and Verizon. Supporters of the measure, sponsored by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksOn The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Arizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems MORE (R-Ariz.), argue it will curb excessive state and local wireless taxes that hurt consumers. Opponents say the wireless industry should not be singled out for special protection, and that governments need the tax revenue to balance their budgets. A companion bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate Finance Committee.

On Tap Wednesday:

House Energy and Commerce Committee Communications subpanel Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerNevada becomes early Senate battleground Nevada governor Sisolak injured in car accident, released from hospital Democrats brace for tough election year in Nevada MORE (R-Nev.) will host a press conference Wednesday morning where they will unveil their long-awaited legislation to reform processes at the Federal Communications Commission. Republicans have been displeased with a number of recent FCC actions, most notably the passage of net-neutrality rules and the protracted review of the NBC Universal-Comcast merger, to which the commission attached multiple conditions. The legislation will likely codify in some form the informal shot clock used during merger reviews and require additional transparency from the five-member commission.


The House Science Committee’s Technology subpanel will hold a morning hearing on fostering innovation in the U.S. to create grow new businesses and create jobs. Witnesses include Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation senior scholar Brink Lindsey, Skybox Imaging co-founder Julian Mann and former Martek Biosciences CEO Steve Dubin.


Vice President Biden emphasized the importance of protecting the freedom of expression online while filling in via teleconference for Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE, whose mother died Tuesday at the age of 92.

President Obama nominated former FCC lawyers Ajit Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel to the commission Monday evening; both are expected to be confirmed by the Senate.

A group of stakeholders held a press conference Tuesday at the National Association of Broadcasters to tout the new Future of TV Coalition.

The Commerce Department has canceled an $80 million stimulus grant for broadband in Louisiana.

AT&T defended its job-creation claims related to its proposed takeover of T-Mobile USA.