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Digital Trade Caucus Launched

Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) and Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) have launched the Digital Trade Caucus to help small businesses reach big digital markets worldwide.

Among the aims of the new caucus is to promote "a free and open Internet" and comes days after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced his plans for reclassifying ISPs as information services providers (no longer under Title II mandatory access rules) and rethinking the FCC's Open Internet order.

But the caucus' focus is on trade, new markets and new customers for U.S. goods.

It's other goals are:

"Promote free cross-border data flows; Eliminate data localization requirements; Ensure trading partners allow open online and cloud platforms by not requiring them to filter speech; Eliminate requirements that businesses transfer technology, source code or encryption keys; And address customs and trade facilitation barriers for e-commerce."