Technology

Closing the digital divide will continue to be a top priority of mine in the Senate. You can’t have 21st century healthcare, 21st century education, or a 21st century economy without 21st century internet that can be accessed by Tennesseans in the rural countryside as well as big cities and towns. Additionally, as more of our business is conducted online, consumers are realizing how much data companies have compiled regarding their habits and preferences. I agree with Tennesseans who demand their privacy be protected in an internet ecosystem where everybody is playing by the same set of rules. As a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation; Judiciary; and Armed Services Committees, I will have the opportunity to be in the center of the major technology policy debates taking place in the United States Senate for years to come.

Senators Blackburn, Baldwin Introduce Internet Exchange Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) introduced S. 1166, the Internet Exchange (IX) Act, which will help to improve internet access for consumers, especially those in rural areas.
“You can’t have a 21st century education, 21st century healthcare, or a 21st century business without access to 21st century internet,” said Senator Blackburn. “The bipartisan IX Act will make big strides in closing the digital divide in Tennessee by providing...

Senator Blackburn Introduces BROWSER Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced S.1116, the Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act. The BROWSER Act requires communications and technology companies to provide users with clear and conspicuous notice of their privacy policies and the ability to opt-in to the collection of sensitive information and to opt-out of the collection of non-sensitive information. It also prohibits these companies from denying their service to...

Senator Blackburn Addresses Facebook, Twitter Officials at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) delivered the following remarks at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, “Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse.”

Watch her remarks by clicking the image below or HERE.

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Thank you Mr. Chairman. I think it is fair to say I’ve had a couple brushes with social media companies in the past couple years. 

I will also say it is indeed a pleasure and an honor to live in a country that values...

Senators Blackburn, Klobuchar Urge FTC Action on Facebook and Google

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) sent the following letter asking the Federal Trade Commission to address concerns regarding potential privacy, data security, and antitrust violations involving online platforms.

“Tennesseans are rightly concerned about who owns their Virtual You,” Senator Blackburn said. “They want to be certain that their privacy is protected in both the physical and virtual space. The FTC has a responsibility to hold...

Senator Blackburn Announces Tennessee Will Be Part of New National Broadband Project

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) announced Tennessee will be one of eight states included in a new National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) project to expand and update the National Broadband Map.

As the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications & Technology, Blackburn led the effort to fund this project at NTIA as part of her ongoing efforts to improve broadband availability for rural communities across the country.

“Closing...