• Upgrading the Virtual Information Superhighway

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    It is difficult to point to a specific item that has changed our daily lives more during the past decade than the smart phone.  Having instant access to news, information, communications, and entertainment is one of the high-tech industry’s real game-changers.  Mobile technology has brought not just increased productivity, but also new businesses and jobs to the U.S. economy.  But as an increasing [...]
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  • Senate Panel to Focus Today on the U.S.-China Trade, Economic Relationship

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    Later this afternoon, at 2 p.m. ET, ITI’s Dean Garfield will testify at a Senate Banking subcommittee hearing focused on the economic and trade relationship between the U.S. and China.  You can listen through C-SPAN.  Here is his full testimony, and some highlights are below.   The ability to freely access foreign markets such as China and compete on equal terms has been critical to the health of the [...]
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  • Google takes ITI for a Ride

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    Growing up with three older brothers it is no surprise that I have a great affection for cars.   From NASCAR races to go-karts to racing games on Nintendo, I was taught to feel the need for speed.  My father and brothers taught me to drive. And while my brother Chris taught me how to do doughnuts, my father taught me to be a polite driver.  He stressed the importance of alternating when merging, maintaining [...]
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  • Another Senator for Tax Reform

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    Add Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson to the growing list of lawmakers who recognize that America’s corporate tax system isn’t helping to create American jobs.   In a speech Wednesday night, Senator Nelson laid out his thinking:   “Our corporate tax is too high and too complex, and it stifles competition.  In fact, the United States has the highest statutory corporate income tax rate in the developed [...]
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  • A Milestone Moment Leads to a Good Week for Global Trade

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    As global trade leaders completed their meetings at the WTO this week in Geneva, ITI’s Vice President for Global Policy John Neuffer was there to advocate for an expansion of the ITA and other issues critical to the tech sector.  Before leaving for home, John wrapped up the developments at the WTO.   Free trade took an important step forward here at the WTO in Geneva earlier this week when agreement [...]
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  • Ambassador Ron Kirk Talks with ITI about the Information Technology Agreement

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    Today is the 15th anniversary of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA).  As trade experts gathered in Geneva to mark that milestone and look ahead to the future of the pact, ITI had the opportunity to ask U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk for his views of the ITA and what may lie ahead.        Mr. Ambassador, first thank you for taking time to share your views on the Information Technology Agreement [...]
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  • A Birthday Wish for the Information Technology Agreement

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    This week, we mark an important date as the global Information Technology Agreement (ITA) reaches its 15th birthday.  With 73 participating members, the ITA has proved to be one of the most commercially successful trade agreements ever.  The data bear this out.  By eliminating tariffs on core information and communications technologies, the ITA has strengthened and expanded global trade and U.S. competitiveness.  [...]
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  • True Villain Is Job-Killing Tax System

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    Avengers, assemble!  This weekend, The Avengers opened to huge crowds across America.  People flocked to see these heroes battle Loki and his army, intent on destroying the American way of life.    Oddly, a similar fight is taking place over American businesses, as foreign countries use every weapon in their arsenal to attract U.S. companies’ investment and the jobs that go with it.  But too few heroes [...]
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  • Congress, Want Jobs? Pass More Tax Extensions

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    Today, a House subcommittee is examining the value of tax extenders.  The tech sector is strongly supporting three key provisions that have major benefits for job creation and economic strength in the U.S.:  the research-and-development tax credit, the CFC look-through exception, and the active finance exception.  ITI submitted testimony for the hearing.  Here are some of the key points:   On the urgency [...]
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  • The White House Has It Wrong on Cybersecurity

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    Last night, the White House issued its Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) on H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, commonly called CISPA.  Unfortunately, the SAP does not reflect the changes that the bill’s authors – Republican Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan and Democratic Representative Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland – had agreed to include after long and productive [...]
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