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Table of Contents - November 16, 2018

Tech Effects of Elections Likely to Be Felt Most in House Commerce

The new Democratic-controlled House Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to redouble oversight of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and activities at the Commission, and leaders said that broadband infrastructure, net neutrality, and privacy and security protections are among their priorities.

With the Nov. 6 midterm elections delivering Democrats control of the House, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D., N.J.), the ranking member of the House Commerce Committee who is expected assume the chairmanship, is likely to turn his sights on the FCC, working with Rep. Mike Doyle (D., Pa.), the ranking member of the communications and technology subcommittee who is in line to become chairman of that panel.

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Tech Sector, Trump Turn Eyes To Policy in Divided Congress

While counting and recounting continued in some races, tech sector stakeholders were already advocating for action on issues such as tariff rollbacks and net neutrality by the soon-to-be divided federal government.

Meanwhile, during his press conference the day after the election, President Trump said he would look "very seriously" at working with Democrats to regulate social media platforms, which he has suggested unfairly censor conservative sites and users, or block their followers.

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