Scanlon Joins House Lawmakers in Announcing Bipartisan Antitrust Package to Expand Opportunities for Consumers, Workers, and Small Businesses
Bipartisan legislation will restore competition to digital marketplace and rein in largest tech platforms
Washington, June 11, 2021
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) introduced the Augmenting Compatibility and Competition by Enabling Service Switching (ACCESS) Act of 2021 as part of the most aggressive bipartisan effort in recent memory to strengthen America’s antitrust laws. The ACCESS Act, cosponsored by Congressman Burgess Owens (UT-04), would tackle anticompetitive behavior by online companies by lowering barriers to entry and making it easier for consumers and businesses to switch platforms.
By establishing data interoperability and portability requirements for dominant online firms, the ACCESS Act gives new entrants a fair shot in the digital economy while giving users the freedom to choose by ensuring that they can easily move their data to competing services. It also includes strong privacy and security protections for users’ data.
“In today’s digital economy, we must give users the power to choose services that best meet their needs, while preserving investment and innovation,” said Rep. Scanlon. “The ACCESS Act opens up digital markets to greater competition, which increases pressure on large online platforms to improve quality, privacy, and security. It’s past time to expand opportunities for consumers, workers, and small businesses by holding Big Tech monopolies accountable.”
The ACCESS Act is part of an agenda consisting of five bipartisan bills drafted by lawmakers on the Antitrust Subcommittee, led by Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Ranking Member Ken Buck (CO-04), which last year completed a 16-month investigation into the state of competition in the digital marketplace and the unregulated power wielded by Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.
This bipartisan anti-monopoly agenda for “A Stronger Online Economy: Opportunity, Innovation, Choice” includes the following bills:
Find the full text of the ACCESS Act here.
The package of antitrust bills introduced today will be referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Read more about the bipartisan agenda here.