Our government at work:
The FAA took one and half years to give Amazon permission to fly one very specific model of drone.
And the model they approved is now obsolete. By contrast, Europe's version of the FAA grants approval within two months, so companies are moving drone testing - and jobs - there, rather than deal with our agency's bureaucratic foot-dragging.
Academic experts who study the drone industry agree that unless something changes, American companies will move the research and development of commercial drones overseas to take advantage of the more permissive environment.
It's interesting that politicians want to punish companies who move their jobs overseas (looking at you, Jeff Merkley!), claiming that they're greedy. Yet at the same time, they tolerate federal agencies whose regulations actually encourage research and development outside our own country.
The FAA's rules are based upon the technology of the mid-20th century, and apparently, they plan to keep it that way.