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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Trump Signs S.J. Res.34 into Law

Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services

Ladies and gentlemen, yesterday the president signed a joint resolution into law, which provides for congressional disapproval of this regulation imposed on internet service providers by the Federal Communications Commission. Comcast, AT&T and even mobile carriers have been dying to make an extra buck by selling off customers' browsing history to the highest bidder. Only recently their lobbying efforts got well-respected republican Senators off their feet to propose this bill in early March. Three committees debated the bill, but it seemed to be no trouble obtaining a simple majority of votes from the Senate (50 - 48) and House (215 - 205). Then the document was delivered to the president's desk. Even at this point, I still had high hopes that Donald Trump could veto this bill, for it would be impossible to obtain a two-thirds vote in both chambers to override his decision. But in the end, he signed the bill, and the regulation was repealed. You won't hear this information from many news outlets; most will choose not to report it because they are owned by companies who hired the lobbyists in the first place!

Here is an overview of the bill, detailed information can be found over on Congress.gov.