What Will a Democratic Congress Mean for Technology?

November 9, 2006 - 0 Comments

SAN JOSE, CA – So, Senator George Allen (R-VA) has just conceded his Senate race and the Senate will now be under Democratic control. He was a solid supporter of techology issues and his efforts on behalf of the technology industry will be missed. He and Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) were two of the 11 votes in the Senate Commerce Committee that effectively killed Net Neutrality (regulating the Internet) efforts in the Senate. As they will no longer be in the Senate, what will this mean for Net Neutrality and other technology issues?It should be stated that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is interested in technology policy and introduced an “Innovation Agenda” last year, so there certainly is leadership in the House for technology. Silicon Valley’s own local Members of Congress, Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren and Mike Honda, will now be in the majority so let us hope that some of the items that Mrs. Pelosi has outlined will be accomplished. Now that Mrs. Pelosi is soon to be Speaker-designate Pelosi, will her home state’s technology industry have more clout in Congress? Same can be said for Senators Boxer and Feinstein. We’ll have to wait and see. However, in a recent BusinessWeek article, Mrs. Pelosi said that Cisco CEO John Chambers will likely be one of the industry leaders that she will “consult regularly” with. So, hopefully, the technology industry will be well represented within the new Congressional agenda.For some opinions on “What will Democratic Congress Mean for Technology?”, please go to National Journal’s Technology Daily “Tech Daily Dose” blog.Also, Scott Cleland’s Precursor blog has some good thoughts, as well as Verizon’s Poliblog.

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