Communications and Technology

Task Force Description

With nearly 200 members representing all parts of the country and every segment of industry, the Communications and Technology Task Force believes that constant, dynamic innovation in communications and technology presents numerous complexities that defy traditional public policy prescriptions. To help policymakers understand the changes underway in the 21st century economy, the Task Force brings together state legislators, private industry, and policy experts to develop public policies that will promote economic growth, freedom of technology, and innovation in the states.

Areas of focus for the Task Force include: 1) broadband deployment and adoption; 2) protecting consumer choice in privacy; 3) promoting new forms of e-commerce; and 4) growing the high-tech sector of the economy. Additionally, the Task Force has established five subcommittees to thoroughly investigate topics of interest to the states. These subcommittees are: Broadband; E-Commerce; Information Technology; Innovation; and Consumer Protection, Critical Infrastructure, and Security Technologies.

Meeting Information

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All Model Policies

  • Statement of Principles for Telecommunications Tax Reform Final

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  • Six Principles for Communications and Technology Final

    Six Principles for Communications and Technology Summary The goal of this statement of principles is to provide policymakers with general guidance consistent with ALEC principles. The statement affirms ALEC’s mission to advance the principles of free markets in policy regarding communications and technology in the 21st century. This …

  • Driving Automation System Uniformity Act Final

    Driving Automation System Uniformity Act Section 1. Definitions (a) “Driving automation system” means hardware and software that are collectively capable of performing part or all of the dynamic driving task on a sustained basis. The term driving automation system is used generically to describe any system capable of level …

  • Resolution Opposing Government Involvement in Commercial Negotiations Final

    Resolution Opposing Government Involvement in Commercial Negotiations WHEREAS, it is the mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty, and WHEREAS, the American economy has been and continues to be among the most vibrant in the world, creating …

  • Resolution to Oppose Imposing Intermediary Liability on the Internet under State Laws Final

    WHEREAS, the State of [insert state name here] believes in the principles of free markets and limited government, and WHEREAS, those principles have allowed the Internet to flourish, transforming all aspects of our economy, society and politics, and WHEREAS, federalism in the digital era means that, while states have a …

  • Facilitating Business Rapid Response to State Declared Disaster Act Final

    Facilitating Business Rapid Response to State Declared Disaster Act Summary An Act to amend the public services law, state law and tax law, in relation to thresholds for establishing presence, residency or doing business in the state for out-of-state employees and businesses including affiliates of in-state businesses that temporarily provide resources …

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