After they both announced that they were running for President, Politico takes a look at how Senators Klobuchar and Warren look at broadband issues…
2020 DEMS ON ANTITRUST, BROADBAND — Sens. Klobuchar and Warren formally announced their presidential bids over the weekend, adding two legislators who have cast a critical eye on the tech and telecom sectors to the 2020 Democratic field. Here’s a look at what they have said and done on some key issues:
— Antitrust talk: Both Klobuchar and Warren have spoken of the need to reevaluate federal antitrust enforcement. Klobuchar, the top Democrat on Senate Judiciary’s antitrust subpanel, this month reintroduced two measures that would expand existing antitrust standards under the Clayton Antitrust Act and boost funding for enforcement agencies. Warren, meanwhile, told CNBC last year that the “United States is lagging” in terms of antitrust enforcement and offered praise for the European Union’s record fine against Google over competition complaints.
— Broadband on the brain: Even before launching her presidential bid on Sunday, Klobuchar was already talking up the importance of rural broadband as a 2020 campaign issue. The Minnesota senator told The New Yorker in December that Democratic candidates could “run on” and even “win on” issues like expanding broadband access in rural areas. In Congress, Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Broadband Caucus, has co-sponsored bills aimed at boosting federal agencies’ efforts to widen broadband access.
— Platform patrol: Klobuchar has spearheaded calls for increased oversight of political ads on online platforms, introducing a bill — the “Honest Ads Act” — to bolster disclosure requirements. The senator last year also unveiled a privacy bill that would require companies to notify customers of breaches and disclose how consumer data is collected and used. “We need to put some digital rules into law when it comes to people’s privacy,” Klobuchar said Sunday. As for Warren, she has introduced legislation to increase data breach penalties for credit reporting agencies and more broadly called protecting consumer privacy a “priority” of hers. (More on 2020 and tech here and here.)