Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., makes his way to a meeting of the House Republican caucus in the Capitol on August 1, 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., didn’t waste much time after winning his re-election to lay out priorities for the 114th Congress, and among them is an effort the panel has been working toward for a while now — an update to communications law.
In a statement Wednesday, Upton said:
We have also spent the past year gathering input and information to inform our work to bring the nation’s communications laws into the 21st Century. Over the next several months, we will take what we have learned from our hearings and white papers to update the law to boost job creation and economic growth in the innovation era.
Upton announced last year a long-term effort to review and update communications law.
Other priorities in tech he pointed out included data protection, privacy and manufacturing:
Likewise, we have made progress on key issues to consumers, workers, and job creators, exploring issues that range from data protection to privacy to manufacturing. We will continue to advance these priorities in the coming year.