Vol. 17, No. 41
October 18, 2021
Infrastructure Bill Webinar Now Available On Demand
Watch last week's INCOMPAS Thought Leadership Series webinar featuring Andy Lipman, Partner and Telecom Practice Group Leader at Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

Get an in-depth overview of the mechanics and funding opportunities of the bipartisan Infrastructure Bill that is pending in Congress, and expected to pass later this year.
Sen. Klobuchar Announces New Antitrust Bill
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights; and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee; announced that they will introduce bipartisan legislation next week to restore competition online by establishing commonsense rules of the road for dominant digital platforms to prevent them from abusing their market power to harm competition, online businesses, and consumers.

The American Innovation and Choice Online Act would set rules of the road for major digital platforms to ensure they cannot unfairly preference their own products and services. This legislation is cosponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Cynthia Lummis (R-W.Y.), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Josh Hawley (R-Miss.). A bipartisan group led by House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Ranking Member Ken Buck (R-Col.) introduced a similar version of the bill in the House, which was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee.
Senators Propose New Office of Cybersecurity
Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) introduced the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Policy and Cybersecurity Coordination Act, a bill to refocus the NTIA’s Office for Policy Analysis and Development on cybersecurity and policy development. The office would reside within the NTIA, and would develop cyber policy relating to telecommunications, the internet, consumer software services and public media. It would also aim to provide assistance for small and rural communications and software providers. Sen. Capito said in a statement that the proposed office would “develop cybersecurity guidance, identify potential vulnerabilities, and promote collaboration between the public and private sectors, all with the ultimate goal of protecting consumers.”