This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: A Heavy Dose of Technology

With Congressman Paul Ryan now expected to take over as Speaker of the House at the end of this week, the debt ceiling remains as the ‘other’ largest issue facing Capitol Hill this week. However, there are a healthy number of committee hearings the entrepreneurially-inclined should keep an eye on – and technology is a recurring theme.

Leading the way is the House Energy and Commerce Committee as it tackles common carrier regulation and barriers to broadband deployment – two key issues in the Net Neutrality debate.  Meanwhile, the House Small Business Committee examines mentoring programs in the SBA and Department of Defense.

On the Senate side, Jessica Rosenworcel is up for confirmation of her second term as commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. She was appointed to the agency by President Obama in October 2011 and began serving in May 2012.

Other topics covered by committee hearings and meetings this week include:  retirement plan options for small businesses, drones, the Retail Investor Protection Act, federal IT research & development and more.

HOUSE

Common Carrier Regulation of the Internet: Investment Impacts
House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
2123 Rayburn HOB
Tuesday, Oct. 27
10:00 am

Improving Career and Technical Education to Help Students Succeed in the Workforce
House Committee on Education and the Workforce
Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
2261 Rayburn HOB
Tuesday, Oct. 27
10:00 am 

A Review of Progress by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate
House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
2318 Rayburn HOB
Tuesday, Oct. 27
10:00 am 

Maximizing Mentoring: How are the SBA and DoD Mentor-Protégé Programs Serving Small Businesses?
House Committee on Small Business
Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce
2360 Rayburn HOB
Tuesday, Oct. 27
10:00 am 

H.R. 1090 - Retail Investor Protection Act
House Committee on Rules
H-313 U.S. Capitol Building
Tuesday, Oct. 27
3:00 pm

A Review of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program
House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
Subcommittee on Research and Technology
2318 Rayburn HOB
Wednesday, Oct. 28
10:00 am 

Breaking Down Barriers to Broadband Infrastructure Deployment
House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
2123 Rayburn HOB
Wednesday, Oct. 28
10:00 am

Examining the Regulation of Diagnostic Tests and Laboratory Operations
House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Health
2123 Rayburn HOB
Thursday, Oct. 29
10:00 am 

SENATE

Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology into the National Airspace System
Senate Committee on Appropriations
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development
192 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Wednesday, Oct. 28
10:00 am

Nomination Hearing - Jessica Rosenworcel to be FCC Commissioner
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
253 Russell Senate Office Building
Wednesday, Oct. 28
10:00 am

Retirement Plan Options for Small Businesses
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
216 Hart Senate Office Building
Wednesday, Oct. 28
2:30 pm

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