OVERNIGHT TECH: Obama to meet with tech-heavy jobs council

THURSDAY'S BIG STORY: President Obama has an inaugural meeting with his significantly-expanded Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. "The Council will focus on finding new ways to promote growth through investments in American business to equip workers with the skills they need to succeed, encourage the private sector to hire and invest in American competitiveness, and attract top jobs and businesses right here in the United States," according to an advisory.

Tech on the Council: Steve Case, co-founder of AOL; John Doerr, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Beyers; Paul Otellini, chief executive of Intel; Brian Roberts, chief executive of Comcast; Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook.

Happening now: TechNet is launching the new nonprofit, and chief executive Rey Ramsey and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone will be on hand for the event. Other panelists: Joe Waz of Comcast, ex-White House Deputy CTO Andrew McLaughlin, former NASA astronaut and current agency head of education Leland Melvin, and Silicon Valley Education Foundation President Muhammed Chaudry. 

STREAM: Watch it here. So far, Ramsey is saying the event is about "optimism. Optimism based in reality." 

Biden talks VC investments, R&D, competitiveness: Vice President Biden said a few things that will sound good to the tech industry on Wednesday. According to a pool report, he said the administration understands the government is not the answer to boosting U.S. competitiveness.  “We think free enterprise is the answer,” he said. If you can ship your widgets 20 percent cheaper and 20 percent faster out of Hong Kong, why are you going to do it in New York?, Biden said. 

Biden also stressed government investment in infrastructure: He said venture capitalists won’t invest in something that doesn’t pay back the short-term. The world is following from America’s example last century and investing in infrastructure and education and research and development in technology, according to Biden. He was speaking at an event in New York. 

THURSDAY—RCA to release rural broadband study: The Rural Cellular Association will release a paper that, in its words, demonstrates "that interoperability throughout the 700 MHz band and an automatic data roaming requirement will enable investment and rapid deployment of mobile broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas.  This investment will result in the creation of tens of thousands of jobs in states with the lowest broadband availability and penetration in the United States." RCA says it it emphasizing the paper in White House, FCC, and Congressional meetings, along with Thursday's press briefing. 

Senate Dems start rallying against defunding net neutrality during spending feud: "We're not going to resolve the issues of abortion, or net neutrality, or clean air on this CR [continuing resolution]," Sen. Schumer told reporters Tuesday. Sens. Franken, Kerry, Cantwell, and Wyden also defended the rules.