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 Outdated laws and regulations impede U.S. technological innovation and deployment.

Projects and Programs

Priorities

  • 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

Above the FoldApr 11, 2019 - 1:30pm
Space shuttle Atlantis in orbit on a mission in 2009.

Space Debris Concerns Create ‘Dust-Up’ Between the FCC and Commerce

Over the decades of human space travel, thousands of objects are now in orbit above the earth. They include working satellites and the International Space Station, but they also include old, out-of-commission satellites, used rocket components, and even a wrench and toothbrush.

Letters to CongressApr 08, 2019 - 5:00pm

Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act

This letter was sent to the members of the United States Congress, supporting H.R. 1725 and S. 765, the “Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act.”

Letters to CongressApr 08, 2019 - 12:45pm

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Alert! on H.R. 1644, "Save the Internet Act"

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, opposing H.R. 1644, the “Save the Internet Act.”

Letters to CongressApr 02, 2019 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter to the House Energy & Commerce Committee Opposing H.R. 1644, "Save the Internet Act"

This letter was sent to the House Energy and Commerce committee, opposing H.R. 1644, the “Save the Internet Act.”

Press ReleaseMar 28, 2019 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber Names Chief Information Officer

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced that one of the nation’s top ranked IT professionals, Chris Contakes, has been named the organization’s chief information officer, effective March 28, 2019. Contakes will lead the Chamber’s technology team and help advance the latest data-driven innovations in advocacy and member engagement on behalf of the business community.

Above the FoldMar 25, 2019 - 9:00am
Green combine harvesting a field.

Unlocking the Digital Potential of Rural America

Increased adoption of online services for rural businesses could create more than 360,000 jobs and grow annual revenues by more than 21%.

Above the FoldMar 21, 2019 - 2:00pm
An employee demonstrates the Samsung Galaxy 10 smartphone at the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, TX.

Let the Private Sector and Free Market Build the Nationwide Communications Network

The private sector is leading and driving forward this new game-changing technology but regulatory proposals and red tape could interfere.

ReportMar 20, 2019 - 7:00am

The Transatlantic Economy 2019

The Transatlantic Economy 2019 report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU documents the strength of the transatlantic economy, but also warns that accumulating frictions between the United States and Europe are testing the resilience of the world’s largest bilateral commercial relationship.

EventMar 19, 2019 - 8:30am to 1:30pm
TecNation Indianapolis Event Graphic

TecNation: Indianapolis

Join C_TEC for an event focused on the transformative nature of technology and how it affects rural America.

Above the FoldMar 18, 2019 - 9:00am
An artist's rendering shows the liftoff of the lift capacity configuration Space Launch System from the launchpad.

Planting Our Flag in Commercial Space

The U.S. must continue to lead, develop, and deploy space systems at increasing rates of innovation and efficiency.