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 Outdated laws and regulations impede U.S. technological innovation and deployment.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

Above the FoldMar 12, 2018 - 9:00am
New Economy Working Group

Maximizing the Promise of Our New Economy

The New Economy Working Group seizes the opportunity for growth and job creation in the new economy.

Above the FoldMar 05, 2018 - 4:15pm
Travelers wait at a ride service pick up area at Los Angeles International Airport.

How Can We Build a Workforce for Our New Economy?

Seven in ten people are concerned Americans will not have the skills necessary to find and keep employment due to automation and innovation.

Above the FoldFeb 01, 2018 - 12:45pm
Laptop computers displayed at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV.

Past Policies and State Patchworks Won’t Provide Long-Term Net Neutrality

Local and state leaders should focus their attention on encouraging Congress to pass long-term internet protections.

Above the FoldJan 26, 2018 - 2:00pm
Toyota's Concept i-Ride autonomous vehicle (right) on display at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

We Want the U.S. to Lead in Driverless Cars. Here’s What Washington Can Do to Help.

Congress must pass a federal AV standard that strikes the right balance between innovation, safety, and privacy.

Above the FoldJan 18, 2018 - 9:00am
A meeting inside a WeWork office in San Francisco, CA.

What’s Tech’s Impact on Small Business? Here’s What We Found Out.

84% of small businesses in the U.S. use at least one major digital platform to provide information to customers.

Above the FoldDec 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
Attendees try out Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 smartphones at a media event in Seoul, South Korea.

How Can Asia Grow its Digital Economy?

Policymakers must be wary of short-sited or inward-looking policies.

Above the FoldDec 05, 2017 - 9:00am
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai.

It’s the End of Internet Regulation as We Know It (And We’ll Be Fine)

Internet users and consumers can rest assured that a free and open internet will continue to exist for the foreseeable future.

Above the FoldNov 15, 2017 - 9:00am
People entering the Federal Communications Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Three Ways to Bring Communications Regulations into the Digital Age

Policymakers must cut the analogue red tape of yesterday for the technologies of today.

Above the FoldOct 23, 2017 - 9:00am
Tim Day speaks at the 2017 Tec_Nation Summit

Beyond Silicon Valley: Tech’s Best Hubs

The U.S. Chamber is working to ensure that every city across America enjoys the benefits of the digital economy.