Democratic Senator Calls For A Big Tech Regulator

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) on Thursday introduced legislation that would create a new federal watchdog to regulate the country’s biggest technology companies.

“As a country, we should take pride that most of the world’s leading tech companies were founded in America. But they aren’t start-ups anymore,” Bennet said in a statement.

“It’s past time for a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to regulating digital platforms that have amassed extraordinary power over our economy, society, and democracy,” he added.

Regulation of tech companies has traditionally been split between the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, both of which are in the midst of active lawsuits against Silicon Valley companies over alleged antitrust violations.

Their focus on competition and jurisdiction over the rest of the economy have left them short of sufficient resources to regulate tech, Bennet argued in a press release accompanying the bill.

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