• Let’s Fix the Game Not Attack the Players

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    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  If that were possible, I would throw the flag at our policymakers for failing to fix an out-of-date, broken tax system and at our national media for their off-base characterizations of those simply trying to work within the system.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, [...]
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  • Russia PNTR: A Holiday Gift for the Economy

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    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

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    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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  • Great Minds Think Alike

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    At ITI, we are always happy when our policy ideas are supported. That’s why we were pleased to see a recent article in the Economist that echoed many of our key suggestions for improving the U.S. economy. The piece is by two leaders of Harvard Business School’s United States Competitiveness Project and contains policy recommendations to get the economy on the right track in 2013. The article mirrors [...]
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  • STEM Ed and Basic R&D Face Threat in Budget Cuts

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    When the much ballyhooed Super Committee failed to reach an agreement to address the national debt last year, committee members put in place an automatic spending cut mechanism so draconian and unpalatable it was thought that Congress was certain to act before it went into effect.  The mechanism, in short, slashes nearly all of the federal government’s annual discretionary budgets by 8.4 percent.  [...]
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  • ITI Participates in EU Forum on Conflict and Raw Materials

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    This past Wednesday in Brussels, the European Union (EU) hosted a “Workshop on a possible comprehensive ‘EU initiative on minerals originating from conflict areas’.”  This particular forum was limited to EU officials and invited experts from the OECD, academia, civil society and the business community.  The EU will likely advance the initiative in 2013, first with a public consultation and subsequently [...]
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  • Russia PNTR Nearly Over the Finish Line

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    Today, the tech industry celebrates another critical step towards normal trade relations with Russia as the Senate, by a vote of 92-4, decisively passed legislation to establish permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with Russia.  We commend the Senate for taking swift action today on a bill that ensures enforcement of Russia’s WTO commitments and puts the needs of American workers and businesses [...]
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  • More Regressive than Progressive: Policymakers Stuck in the Past on Tax Policy

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    At a time where we need bipartisan leadership that has a clear understanding of our country’s economic challenges, it is disheartening to see proposals that would create even more obstacles to economic recovery. Such was our feeling when we read the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) framework for tax reform. The framework contains outdated, discredited ideas, and policymakers would be wise to [...]
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  • Kicking Off WCIT

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    At long last, “WCIT-12” is upon us.  Delegates to the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications, commonly referred to simply as “WCIT,” are boarding flights for a two-week sojourn to the cosmopolitan city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.  The forecast is unsurprisingly for warm, sunny days, but that may well be the only accurate forecasting we can do.  The outcome of the confab, [...]
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  • No Time Like the Present to Help our Economy

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    This Friday, the House of Representatives will take up Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith’s “STEM Jobs Act” - legislation vital to ensure we have the skilled workforce we need now and in the future to help grow our economy and create new innovative businesses and high-skilled jobs.. Our country’s innovative potential depends on highly skilled talent, including foreign-born Masters and PhD science, technology, [...]
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