Patent Reform Must Foster Growth

February 22, 2021

Problem: Weakened patent laws continue to undermine the U.S. patent system. Changes over the last two decades discourage and deter investments in jobs and new technologies, stifles innovation, and weakens our intellectual property system. Patent protections are particularly important for small inventors, who operate on much smaller margins and often...

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Net Neutrality Helps Small Businesses

February 22, 2021

Problem: In the last decade-plus, the debate over net neutrality has gained momentum, with Democrats and Republicans pushing back and forth on legislation. Net neutrality is the principle that an internet service provider (ISP) must provide access to all sites, content and applications at the same speed, under the same...

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Promote Broadband & 5G Expansion

February 22, 2021

Problem: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses all over the country have been forced to utilize widespread telework and expand their online presence, or even create a brand new one. With a shift in operations comes a change in expenses and the need for reliable internet access, especially for...

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Strengthen Federal Innovation Programs

February 22, 2021

Problem: The highly successful Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2022, after the last five-year reauthorization. Lawmakers are likely to begin the reauthorization process again sometime this year. More must be done to ensure the long-term stability...

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Data Privacy Regulations Must Not Burden Small Businesses

February 22, 2021

Problem: Governments both domestically and internationally are enacting internet privacy rules thatcould prove complex and burdensome for many unsuspecting small businesses. Several U.S. states, most notably California, Nevada and Vermont, have recently introduced and passed legislation on consumer data privacy, similar to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). These...

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Cybersecurity and Financial Protection

February 22, 2021

Problem: Small businesses rely on information technology more than ever, yet the very tools that make small businesses competitive have also put them in the crosshairs of cyber attackers. The security of our online data and finances is a huge concern for America’s small businesses, both in terms of being...

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