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."

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.