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 Outdated laws and regulations impede U.S. technological innovation and deployment.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

LetterMay 08, 2018 - 5:30pm

H.R. 5105, the ''Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act of 2018''

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in support of H.R. 5105, the ‘‘Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act of 2018.’’

LetterMay 08, 2018 - 1:30pm

Key Vote Letter on S.J. Res. 52, undoing the FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom" order

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to all members of the United States Senate opposing S.J. Res 52, which would undo the FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order.  

Above the FoldMay 07, 2018 - 12:00pm
Servers in a Yahoo data center in Lockport, New York.

Myth v. Fact: What’s the Truth about Net Neutrality?

Before Senators vote to impose Great Depression-era regulations on the Internet, it’s important to set a few things straight.

LetterApr 25, 2018 - 3:45pm

KEY VOTE ALERT! U.S. Chamber Urges Passage of H.R. 4, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urges your support for H.R. 4, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018. The bill would provide five years of FAA authorization and add much needed provisions on unmanned aircraft systems regulation, safety certification, and other critical aviation programs. The Chamber may include votes on, or in relation to, this legislation in our annual How They Voted scorecard.

Press ReleaseApr 18, 2018 - 2:00pm

Consumers Overwhelmingly Say Lawsuits Should Not “Regulate” New Technologies

U.S. Chamber Hosts Emerging Technologies and Torts of the Future Event

EventApr 18, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:30pm
ILR Torts of the Future 2018

2018 Emerging Technologies and Torts of the Future

The Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) and the U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) on Wednesday, April 18, in Seattle, WA, as we explore emerging technologies and the impact of liability issues on innovation.

Above the FoldApr 16, 2018 - 9:00am
Digital icons superimposed on a world map.

Techlash Raises Questions, Carries Risks

Concerns over data privacy have highlighted the unease that Americans feel about the increasing power of technology companies in our lives.

Press ReleaseApr 10, 2018 - 2:30pm

U.S. Chamber Unveils New International Digital Policy Declaration at TecGlobal 2018

Conference Highlights U.S. Leadership in the Global Digital Economy

Issue BriefApr 10, 2018 - 9:00am

Global Digital Policy Declaration

The Global Digital Policy Declaration outlines ten principles that will help promote competitiveness and economic growth.

EventMar 26, 2018 - 12:30pm to 6:00pm

Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR)

This workshop will feature panel discussions focused on implementation, benefits, and operation of Cross-Border Privacy Rules as well as the next steps for promoting CBPRs. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen will deliver keynote remarks.