The Internet Law Resource Center™ is the complete information solution for practitioners in cyberlaw. Follow the latest developments on ICANN’s gTLD program, keyword advertising, online privacy,...
July 19 — The tech and telecommunications industries got a taste of what a Trump administration might mean for business with the Republican Party's 2016 platform.
The platform outlined support for universal broadband access and the development of the next generation of internet technology, known as 5G. Other sections included opposition to net neutrality and the transition of U.S. government oversight of certain internet protocols to a global internet community composed of businesses, civil society, governments and other users.
The document was sparse on details for specific initiatives or legislative action, and did not mention certain hot-button topics promoted by the tech sector, such as easier visa accessibility for highly skilled workers or immigrant entrepreneurs.
Industry associations continue to press Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump for a tech sector policy agenda. Gary Shapiro, president and chief executive officer of the Consumer Technology Association, said while his organization applauded the promotion of an innovation-friendly business climate in the platform, it looked forward to more details.
“We’re hopeful the platform’s inclusion of these issues means we’ll soon see a detailed policy agenda from the Trump-Pence campaign, outlining its specific positions and priorities on technology and innovation,” Shapiro said in a statement.
Speaking on background, a former Republican FCC official lamented that the Trump campaign hasn't released a detailed tech agenda, saying the last three Republican nominees had by this stage of the race.
One notable shift was the party's opposition to a change in oversight of internet technical functions from the U.S. government to the global internet community. Several Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have expressed concerns the move will give governments such as Russia or China more power to control censorship and internet security (21 ECLR 954, 6/15/16). The transition has enjoyed broad bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.
"The transition plan aligns the interests of internet users, prevents capture by any one stakeholder group or government such as China or Russia, and lays the foundation for a stable and secure internet," Michael Beckerman, president of the Internet Association, told Bloomberg BNA in an email.
On June 28, Hillary Clinton, slated to become her party's presidential nominee at next week's Democratic National Convention, issued a detailed tech policy plan supporting the transition and calling for a new “start-up visa” for immigrant entrepreneurs as well as easier green card access for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates.
Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal Holdings Inc. and Trump’s most vocal tech industry supporter, is scheduled to address the Republican convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21.
To contact the reporter on this story: Michaela Ross in Washington at email@example.com
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Keith Perine at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2016 Republican platform is available at http://src.bna.com/gV1.
Copyright © 2016 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)