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Amazon, Facebook, other tech giants spent roughly $65 million to lobby Washington last year

The sizable sums foreshadow the political blitz that Silicon Valley is likely to mount in the face of fresh promises from President Biden and his new Democratic control in Congress that they plan to rein in the tech industry.
  • Jan 22, 2021

Biden selects Slaughter as acting chair of Federal Trade Commission, Rosenworcel as acting chair of Federal Communications Commission

President Biden appointed Rebecca Kelly Slaughter as the acting chairwoman of the FTC and Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chairwoman of the FCC.
  • Jan 21, 2021

Internet regulation takes on greater urgency as pandemic highlights digital divide

As President Joe Biden takes office, his administration faces pressure to immediately prioritize the expansion of broadband access and dismantle some of the Trump administration’s hallmark efforts to deregulate the Internet.
  • Jan 20, 2021

Biden to extend eviction moratorium through March

Millions of renters are at risk of eviction if the current moratorium is allowed to lapse. Biden will extend it through March.
  • Jan 20, 2021

Silicon Valley braces for tougher regulation in Biden’s new Washington

Democratic leaders for years have proposed a bevy of new laws to shrink Silicon Valley’s corporate footprint, restrict its insatiable appetite for data and stop the spread of falsehoods online. But the party’s calls for regulation have grown more urgent in the days since Biden won the presidency, his party took control of the House and Senate — and Trump and his allies further exposed the risks of a largely unregulated web.
  • Jan 18, 2021

Biden’s policies on technology

With bipartisan backing to rein in the power of Big Tech, the president-elect could usher in a new era of accountability for Silicon Valley.
  • Jan 18, 2021

Seldom-seen Amazon unit made the call that brought down pro-Trump Parler

The suspension of Parler over incitements to violence illustrate the far-reaching power the e-commerce giant wields over the Web.
  • Jan 13, 2021

Campaign finance system rocked as firms, including Nike and Google, pause or halt contributions after election results challenged

The violent insurrection at the Capitol has companies scrambling to react, as the option of sitting on the sidelines grows increasingly unsatisfying.
  • Jan 13, 2021

House Democrats ask AT&T, Comcast to share data about home Internet shutoffs as lawmakers eye new stimulus aid

Democratic lawmakers are asking the country’s top telecom carriers to share more information about Americans who are falling behind on their Internet bills, setting the stage for Congress to consider billions of dollars in new broadband stimulus aid as part of the next coronavirus relief package.
  • Jan 12, 2021

President Trump lashes out at social media companies following Twitter ban

President Trump lashed out at Silicon Valley on Tuesday in his first public comments since Twitter banned him from the site, stressing the industry had done a “horrible thing for our country and to our country."
  • Jan 12, 2021