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May 5, 2005

The Republican Tech Agenda

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Posted by Jason Schultz

According to the website of Bob Goodlatte (sounds like a James Bond villain, doesn't it?), the Republican High Tech Working Group will focus on the following issues:

Ensuring Employee Stock Ownership Remains Viable – We will vigilantly promote and protect the stock ownership and retirement security of high-tech’s rank and file employees.

Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credit – We will seek to extend the R&D tax credit and ensure that basic federal R&D spending is sufficient to maintain U.S. technological edge.

Skilled Workforce – We will continue to prepare and develop workers for an information economy by supporting education reforms and funding that improve American’s math and science programs in order to fill high-tech jobs.

Reduce Trade Barriers – We will continue to promote free and fair trade by lowering barriers and supporting trade agreements like CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement).

Ensuring Fairness in Government IT Acquisitions – We will continue to promote the commercialization of the Federal marketplace to ensure an open and competitive landscape for all technology companies.

Patent Reform – We will work to modernize the patent system so that companies have incentives to produce new and high-quality patents, and that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) provides effective turnaround especially for an industry that has rapidly changing technology and innovations.

Protect Intellectual Property from Digital Piracy - We will promote and enforce strong copyright and patent protection laws to prevent and combat the growing trend of digital piracy.

Spectrum Enhancement – We will continue to work to update the Telecommunications Act to reflect the changes in technology and competition that may have been driven by the Internet.

Spyware and Phishing – We will work to ensure that innovation is not stifled and consumer confidence is not threatened by bad actors, but that the Internet remains a safe and secure place for electronic commerce to take place.

Promote Health IT – We will work with the Administration to enact the federal electronic health initiative to move more medical records on-line to save costs, reduce errors, and provide higher-quality care.

Promote Broadband – We will work to fulfill the President’s goal of access to broadband by working to create economic incentives, to remove regulatory barriers, and to promote new technologies to help make broadband affordable for all Americans.

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1. Alexander Wehr on May 5, 2005 9:37 PM writes...

Since roughly 85% of broadband bandwidth is used for "Digital Piracy"... his goal of "preventing" what is already the daily activity of 30% of the US population and growing is in direct conflict with "promoting the growth and adoption of broadband".

This guy's an idiot who knows nothing but what the monopolists pass to him written on hundred thousand dollar bribes.

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2. Branko Collin on May 6, 2005 7:32 PM writes...

There's a growing trend of digital piracy?! Why didn't anybody tell me?!!

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