Technology & On-Demand Economy

Policy Position

U.S. consumers benefit from having more — rather than fewer — options in the marketplace. Free-market policies encourage technology startups, developers, and visionaries to innovate, resulting in better, more cost-effective products. USCC supports maximum choice and freedom on the Internet and advocates for policies that stimulate innovation and produce the greatest consumer options in the on-demand economy.

  • Ridesharing Services: USCC supports consumer choice and a free market in the developing synergy between technology and transportation. Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft offer consumers additional transportation options. Outdated regulations and activist from entrenched political interests limit how these services operate, raise costs, and ultimately stifle innovation. Consumers should have the ability to choose from any available technology service to secure their transportation provider.
  • Short-term Rentals: Innovative short-term rental platforms give traveling consumers the ability to positively impact local economies in a way that is accessible and affordable. Restrictive short-term rental regulations not only stifle innovation but also prevents middle-class families from earning additional income to cover rising rents in cities or save for retirement. USCC supports consumer choice in the short-term rental marketplace. Outdated regulations and entrenched political interests limit how these technologies operate and ultimately stifle innovation.
  • Net Neutrality: USCC supports an Internet with limited, common-sense government regulations. Reclassifying the Internet as a public utility under Title II will lead to increased government intervention and control, which in turn decreases consumer choice, disincentives innovation and investment from Internet Service Providers, threatens freedom of speech on the Web, and the ultimately complicates the consumers’ ability to engage in e-commerce. Furthermore, a reclassification under Title II would limit broadband investments in disadvantaged and rural communities. Consumers should be able to openly access and innovate on the Internet.