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    ITA Expansion Picking Up Steam: U.S. Industry Weighs in Strongly

      ITI's John Neuffer has spent the week in Geneva as global trade negotiators focus on how best to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA).  He sent this update on the discussions. Despite some heavy snow in Geneva this week, WTO negotiators have been busy here with another round of technical talks to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), an initiative aimed at completely eliminating [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Global Trade
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    A Path to Immigration Reform

    Politico Pro and ITI member Cognizant co-hosted a great conversation this morning focused on immigration, technology, and the 113th Congress.  ITI's Dean Garfield was a panelist, and made the case that there is bipartisan support in Congress for high-skilled immigration reform, and, if done right, such an approach can lead to a stronger economy and greater job creation across the country.  In his remarks, [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Workforce
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    Getting the Big Picture Right on Tax Reform

    Living in the nation’s capital, it is easy to be caught up on the wonkiest aspects of the tax reform debate.  Terms like “transfer pricing” and “tax deferral,” which would generate understandable looks of confusion from most people, are parts of the everyday lexicon for those of us making the case for tax reform.  That said, even in a sea of policy complexity, the case for policy solutions can be quite [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax
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    A New Congress and Tech’s Agenda to Advance a Renewed Economy

    Sparky Anderson, who managed World Series-winning teams in Cincinnati and Detroit, once remarked, “We’re getting close to opening day.  I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing.”  January 3rd, 2013 marked American policymaking’s opening day:  the start of the 113th Congress.   We in the tech industry see the start of a new season of policymaking as a good thing because ours is an industry rooted [...]
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    Setting the Stage for Fiscal and Economic Progress

    In what was certainly a tortured process, the Congress and the White House have completed work on legislation to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” and what economists predicted could have been a relapse into a national, if not global, recession.  Importantly, this bill goes beyond recession avoidance and takes an important step toward stronger economic growth and job creation by renewing three key [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax
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    Say No to the Tax Status Quo

    The San Francisco Chronicle recently editorialized against replacing America’s antiquated tax system with a modern, competitive, market-based approach.  The shift would place a premium on job creation and encourage companies to invest more of their foreign earnings here at home.  In Wednesday’s edition, I respond to the editorial, underscoring the importance of this new approach not only to U.S. businesses [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax
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    The Challenges of a Post-WCIT World

    The 2012 version of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) is history, and the next phase has begun, i.e., trying to figure out what it all means!  Many theories abound within the Twitter-verse, blogs and various email strings.  At a minimum, WCIT served as a lens that brought into greater focus the risks and opportunities that lay before us.  With only 89 countries thus far [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Telecommunications
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    Let’s Fix the Game Not Attack the Players

    As I watched a bit of football the other day, it made me wish that we had a yellow flag for policy setting in this country.  If that were possible, I would throw the flag at our policymakers for failing to fix an out-of-date, broken tax system and at our national media for their off-base characterizations of those simply trying to work within the system. Our tax code is atrocious.  It is antiquated, [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax
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    Russia PNTR: A Holiday Gift for the Economy

    Today, the President signed into law a bill establishing Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia, bringing to closure years of work spent opening the growing Russian market to American goods and services.  The new law represents a victory for American workers and businesses, and will deliver a welcome boost to the U.S. economy at a time when it needs it most. The enactment of PNTR legislation [...]
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    A Blow to Internet Freedom

    Today, at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), a majority of national delegations adopted revisions to the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs) that could lead to significant challenges to a free and open Internet, as well to how global information and communications technology (ICT) companies offer Internet-based services.  The United States joined with other [...]
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