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    Reforming our Tax Code and Revitalizing the Economy
    In this age of economic uncertainty, policymakers and pundits alike are searching for a silver bullet to cure our country's economic ills. Yet for all the op-eds and policy papers, a quick conversation with a CEO or CFO of any American company would tell you that there is one thing that business leaders think should be part of any economic strategy:  tax reform. As we proceed further into election [...]
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    Comparing Competing Tax Plans
    In an election year when the economy and job creation are center stage, it is inevitable that tax reform becomes an important issue of debate for all the candidates.  Most recently, President Obama released a tax reform framework.  Republican candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have put forward their own economic plans that include tax reforms.  Key members of Congress also have sought to push [...]
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    Congress, Candidates: Tax Extenders Lead to American Jobs
    A big part of a pro-growth tech agenda includes corporate tax reform.  It's a priority that we are pressing the presidential candidates to adopt.  The current tax code is outdated.  It stifles innovation and job creation.  There have been a number of corporate tax reform plans put forward, and it will take some time to work through the ideas.  But there are a few simple actions that Congress and the [...]
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    It's Time to Upgrade: An ITA for the 21st Century
    Economic growth is the single biggest issue in this presidential campaign.  It’s also the single biggest issue around the world.  Today, ITI urged President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron, who continues his visit to the U.S., to use their leadership roles to kick-start negotiations on an expanded Information Technology Agreement (ITA).  ITI president and CEO Dean Garfield makes the case: Pretend [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment
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    Boosting Exports, Jobs, and Economic Growth by Expanding the ITA
    It is time to seize a fertile opportunity to simultaneously expand global trade and boost the U.S. economy with export opportunities and job creation - by expanding the product coverage of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA). As the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation shows in a new report, an expanded ITA could remove tariffs on at least an additional $800 billion in global two-way [...]
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    Technology Sector Boosting America's Job Recovery
    Todays jobs data release has an upside, with a continued growth trend in the technology sector. It's good news for America, as the tech firms continue to pace the nation's economic recovery. In the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data published today, we see continued strength in the five key tech sectors that we track, with computer systems design and management and technical consulting alone accounting [...]
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    Speaking for the Trees
    As you head into the Lorax movie, you may not realize you are in for far more than an hour and a half of popcorn, children’s laughter and the gravelly voice of Danny DeVito as one of Dr. Seuss’ most lovable characters. But as you walk out, you’ll feel invigorated by the bright colors and catchy tunes, and the theme will refresh your desire to do your part in saving the planet. If you’re not familiar, [...]
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    More Spectrum Benefits All
    Mobile broadband has dramatically changed how Americans access information.  It is spurring innovation, expanding educational opportunities, increasing productivity, and -with the explosive popularity of smartphones -becoming the primary pathway to the Internet for many Americans.  However, a supply shortage is accompanying the increase in demand.  Spectrum, the vehicle over which data from wireless [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Broadband, Communications, & Spectrum
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    Announcing #InTechWeTrust
    TechElect is all about jump-starting the tech conversation among candidates and citizens. To be quite frank, engagement from you, the TechElectorate, is key to getting a wider public audience to discuss tech issues. Right after TechElect was conceived, we began to look for new and innovative ideas to ensure that our social media followers and blog readers could chime in with their own opinions and [...]
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    Sustainable Conferencing
    I just spent two and a half days in a conference, and it wasn’t unbearable.  In fact, it was sustaining!  How the heck did that happen? Good subject, good speakers, good weather, good facility - all these are nice, but not that unusual nor sufficient to make such a long conference fulfilling. I think there were three key unique aspects to Rio+2.0: Speed Geeking.  The conference opened up with 27 organizations [...]
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