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H.R. 5017 (117th): Open App Markets Act

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Who should decide what apps you can install: Tim Cook, or you?


99.7 percent of all U.S. smartphones run on one of two operating systems: Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android. Users who want to add apps to their phones are largely doing so from either Google or Apple’s app stores. It’s possible to add individual apps without using the app stores, but it is more difficult and most users are unaware that it’s an option.

Given both their market shares and the prominence of their app stores, Google and Apple have enormous power to decide which outside apps are and aren’t allowed for download or sale in their app store.

One of the most notable examples in recent years was when Apple banned an app called Send Me To …

Sponsor and status

Henry C. “Hank” Johnson

Sponsor. Representative for Georgia's 4th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Aug 13, 2021
Length: 10 pages
Aug 13, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on August 13, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


7 Cosponsors (6 Democrats, 1 Republican)

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S. 2710 (same title)
Ordered Reported — Feb 3, 2022



Aug 13, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 5017 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5017. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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