Technology

Technology-based industries and businesses create tremendous growth and opportunity in the U.S. economy and are essential to competing in an interconnected world. Outdated laws and regulations impede U.S. technological innovation and deployment.

The U.S. Chamber and the Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) promote market-based solutions, policies that foster investment in technology research and deployment, and balanced regulatory treatment of technical platforms.

Priorities for 2018

  • Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS):
    • Advocate for light touch policy approaches for AVs and UAS, oppose federal and state legislation that would stifle technology development and potentially harm the safety around these technologies, and support bills that would incentivize innovation.
    • Support the SELF DRIVE Act (H.R. 3388) and AV START Act (S. 1885), the first major congressional action on vehicle automation technology that clarifies federal and state roles in the regulation of AVs.
  • Promote an open environment that allows research and development and creation of responsible Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.
  • Advocate for the extension of the Department of Transportation’s successful Smart Cities Challenge Program, which helps cities, counties and communities identify smart technologies that can help address transportation challenges.
  • Evaluate the opportunities technology provides for the changing workforce.
  • Promote for policies that leverage the infrastructure of the New Economy to support individuals.
  • Support the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom rulemaking, and pursue net neutrality legislation guaranteeing a free and open internet without treating broadband like a public utility.
  • Advance public-private partnerships to spur broadband deployment and adoption in the U.S., particularly with regard to Americans in rural and tribal communities.
  • Remove barriers to expanding broadband infrastructure, including cell towers, small cells, and antennas.
  • Support policies that provide adequate spectrum for industries such as broadband, 5G technologies, broadcast, and satellite while maximizing its use for other sectors of the connected economy.

Recent Activity

LetterJun 13, 2018 - 4:30pm

Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee ahead of their markup of the Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

LetterJun 13, 2018 - 10:00am

Fiscal Year 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs as the Subcommittee prepares to consider the Fiscal Year 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations bill.

Above the FoldJun 04, 2018 - 1:15pm
AI in disaster relief

The Future of Disaster Relief Includes Drones and AI

Technology has the power to save lives.

EventJun 01, 2018 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
TecNation: Sacramento

TecNation: Sacramento | Smart Cities

From the Golden1 Arena’s title as the ‘most connected indoor sports arena’ to the hundreds of innovative companies and entrepreneurs finding better and more efficient ways to live and work, there are many lessons that Sacramento has to share with other cities across the country.

EventMay 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
TecNation: Brooklyn

TecNation: Brooklyn | Smart Cities

We’ll showcase the best Brooklyn has to offer in a conversation with policymakers and industry leaders on what is currently happening as well as what the future holds in areas like infrastructure, mobility, renewability, and sustainability.

Above the FoldMay 24, 2018 - 3:30pm
European Union flags fly outside the European Commission building in Brussels, Belgium.

GDPR Success or Failure? Eight Things to Watch

We may not see its full implications for months or years to come.

VideoMay 23, 2018 - 4:30pm
EnergyInnovates video still

EnergyInnovates - Alabama Power’s Smart Neighborhood™

From GEI's Energy Innovates initiative, this project by Alabama Power represents the next generation of energy-smart homes.

Above the FoldMay 23, 2018 - 3:45pm
Packages move down a conveyor belt at the DHL Worldwide Express hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Global Supply Chains Must Evolve as the Economy Evolves

Technology, free trade agreements, and improved infrastructure can improve supply chains and reduce barriers for businesses

TestimonyMay 22, 2018 - 10:00am

C_TEC Senior Vice President Tim Day Testimony at House Energy and Commerce Hearing on the "Internet of Things"

U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) Senior Vice President Tim Day's testimony during a House Energy and Commerce Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee hearing on "Internet of Things" legislation.

LetterMay 15, 2018 - 11:15am

S. 2823, the "Music Modernization Act"

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of S. 2823, the “Music Modernization Act.”