H.R. 889: Global Free Internet Act of 2013

Feb 28, 2013
Referred to Committee on Feb 28, 2013
0% chance of being enacted
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This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on February 28, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Feb 28, 2013
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Signed by the President
Zoe Lofgren
Representative for California's 19th congressional district
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Feb 28, 2013
16 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 6530 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Sep 21, 2012

Full 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.


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5 cosponsors (5D) (show)

House Energy and Commerce

Communications and Technology

House Foreign Affairs

House Judiciary

Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

House Ways and Means


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Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.

Global Free Internet Act of 2013 - Establishes a Task Force on the Global Internet to be hosted by the Department of Commerce.
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.

House Republican Conference Summary

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