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    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
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      house Committees
      House Committee on Ways and Means
      Trade
      House Committee on Foreign Affairs
      House Committee on the Judiciary
      Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
      House Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Communications and Technology
    IntroducedFebruary 28th, 2013

What is it?

This bill, commonly referred to as the Global Free Internet Act, would establish a government task force, under the Department of Commerce, that would review, prioritize, and act on attempts by foreign governments to degrade or disrupt the flow of goods, services, and/or content on the Internet. 

Impact

The bill has the potential to affect fair trade on the Internet, net neutrality, and government spying programs, among other things.

Cost

A CBO cost is currently unavailable.

More Information

Media:

CIO

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Press Release

In Detail: 

The bill: 

-Requires the Task Force to develop and implement strategies in response to foreign and domestic government policies that: (1) unjustifiably or unreasonably burden or restrict international trade in Internet-related goods, services, and content; (2) mandate or otherwise preference Internet-related technology standards and related measures; (3) impede the free flow of information on the Internet; or (4) otherwise threaten the open, global nature of the Internet, the interests of Internet users, and the United States in Internet-related international trade and discourse.

Directs the Task Force to coordinate the activity of federal agencies to implement such strategies and to consult and share timely information with civil society and Internet policy groups.

Requires the Task Force to transmit to the President and Congress specified annual reports and action plans and to hold public hearings and solicit public comment through the Federal Register and the Task Force website.

Instructs the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to initiate an investigation of any acts, policies, or practices of a foreign government or international body that are identified in such reports and plans as priority concerns in accordance with the Trade Act of 1974.

Directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Attorney General (DOJ) to investigate whether each act, policy, or practice identified in such a report or plan (or any related action by a nongovernmental entity) violates U.S. antitrust laws.

Requires the Task Force to report to Congress and the President on the sufficiency of existing multilateral and bilateral trade agreements in advancing specified objectives that support the goal of a single open, global Internet.

Instructs the Task Force to organize training of foreign and domestic government officials and national standard-setting and conformity assessment bodies, including coordination with nongovernmental international and domestic standards bodies.

AKA

Global Free Internet Act of 2013

Official Title

To combat trade barriers that threaten the maintenance of an open Internet, that mandate unique technology standards as a condition of market access and related measures, and to promote online free expression and the free flow of information.