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Overnight Tech: Republicans offer bill to kill net neutrality | Surveillance, visa reforms top GOP chair's tech agenda | Panel pushes small biz cyber bill

Overnight Tech: Republicans offer bill to kill net neutrality | Surveillance, visa reforms top GOP chair's tech agenda | Panel pushes small biz cyber bill
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SENATE REPUBLICANS' ANTI-NET NEUTRALITY BILL: Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeEnd the American military presence in Somalia Ted Cruz won't wear mask to speak to reporters at Capitol Michigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test MORE (R-Utah) introduced a bill Monday to nullify the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net neutrality rules.

"Few areas of our economy have been as dynamic and innovative as the internet," Lee said in a statement. "But now this engine of growth is threatened by the Federal Communications Commission's 2015 Open Internet Order, which would put federal bureaucrats in charge of engineering the Internet's infrastructure."

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai introduced his own plan last week to curb significant portions of the 2015 net neutrality rules that Lee's bill aims to abolish. Pai is focused on moving regulatory authority over broadband providers to the Federal Trade Commission, instead of the FCC, which currently regulates them.

The FCC will vote to consider Pai's proposal in May.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneGOP coronavirus bill blocked as deal remains elusive Clyburn predicts action on coronavirus relief after elections GOP to Trump: Focus on policy MORE (R-S.D.) and Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerSenate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing Government efforts to 'fix' social media bias overlooks the destruction of our discourse The Section 230 fight Congress should be having MORE (R-Miss.), the chairman of the panel's technology and communications subcommittee, previously indicated interest in brokering a net neutrality deal with Democrats.

The Lee bill is unlikely to receive support from Democrats in the Senate, who strongly back the net neutrality rules.

Read more here.

 

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HOUSE CHAIRMAN UNVEILS TECH AGENDA: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteNo documents? Hoping for legalization? Be wary of Joe Biden Press: Trump's final presidential pardon: himself USCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction MORE (R-Va.) on Tuesday unveiled his committee's agenda on technology and innovation. Under his "blueprint," Goodlatte hopes to see his committee tackle key tech issues, including changes to surveillance and encryption laws, and on high-skilled immigration.

On immigration, he told reporters the committee was working to "find a balanced solution to increase the high-skilled talent pool to promote job growth through visa and green card reforms," while also "protecting job opportunities for similarly qualified Americans."

Goodlatte said too many green cards are currently going toward family members of immigrants already in the U.S. instead of the most valuable workers.

The chairman also wants to see lawmakers send an email privacy bill to President Trump's desk.

Read more here.

 

SENATE DEMS WARN OF NET NEUTRALITY 'UPROAR': Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai not to go forward with his plan to repeal his agency's net neutrality rules.

The two Democrats in a letter to Pai said that taking away net neutrality would spark a public uproar similar to the one last month after Republicans dismantled internet privacy rules.

"Like with the Republican repeal of the FCC's online privacy rules, there is little public support for your actions," they wrote. "Following an onslaught of public furor, congressional Republicans regretted voting to repeal online privacy protection for the public. We believe that public uproar was just a preview of what you can expect as you initiate a proceeding to eliminate net neutrality protections."

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HOUSE SCIENCE PANEL PUSHES CYBER BILL: The House Science Committee has advanced a bill with bipartisan backing aimed at helping small businesses improve their cyber defenses.

The legislation, approved by a voice vote at a brief business meeting Tuesday morning, would require the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to offer tools, guidelines and other resources for small businesses to safeguard their systems against cyber threats.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and has bipartisan cosponsors. The bill is similar to bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) that already cleared the Commerce Committee back in April.

Read more here.

 

REPORT: FACEBOOK FEMALE ENGINEERS MORE LIKELY TO GET THEIR WORK REJECTED: A study from last year found that female engineers at the company are 35 percent more likely than their male peers to have their code rejected by supervisors, according to The Wall Street Journal. Facebook hit back at the study, saying that the rejection gap was due to a difference in rank, not gender, and called the report "incomplete and inaccurate--performed by a former Facebook engineer with an incomplete data set."

 

ON TAP:

Senate Commerce Committee holds a hearing on broadband infrastructure at 10 a.m.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) will speak about the net neutrality fight at New America's Open Technology Institute at 11 a.m.

 

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