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High skill immigration is a key driver of innovation and business development, which promotes economic and job growth. Congress must pass a comprehensive immigration reform package that includes new policies to promote high skill immigration.
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 Over 96 percent of American households have access to wired broadband. This fact by The National Broadband Map defies a widespread misconception. The common storyline surrounding American broadband, which argues the U.S. is behind Europe in speed, deployment and...

In 2009, basic research was about 19% ($76 billion) of total U.S. R&D performance. According to the National Science Board, U.S. R&D is dominated by development activities, largely performed by the business sector. The business sector also performs the majority of applied research, but most basic research is conducted at universities and colleges and funded by the federal government....

Akamai found that in the fourth quarter of 2012, average connection speeds on surveyed mobile network providers ranged from a high of 8 mbps down to 345 kbps. average peak connection speeds for the quarter ranged from 44 mbps down to 2.7 mbps. based on data collected by Ericsson, the volume of mobile data traffic grew 28% between the third and fourth quarter of 2012, and doubled from the...

Productivity growth in the world's developed economies since 2000 has been slower than in developing economies, according to the National Science Board. Faster productivity growth is critical as these nations cope with increasing numbers of retirees. And innovation, including the development and adoption of new technologies, is critical in spurring productivity. And, in contrast to what the...

The number of students enrolling in at least one class online has steadily increased by thousands of students each year since 2002. This is important because the U.S. government spends an average of $800 billion on education, and online courses could be an important coast cutting measure. As technology continues to improve and become more affordable, it is predictable that education...

According to Pew, in 2011 federal money accounted for more than $40 billion of the $65 billion universities spent on research. Like most other federal agencies, the National Institutes of Health must cut 5 percent of its budget to comply with sequestration. Because NIH funnels about 85 percent of its budget to researchers, it is already scaling back some grants, according to director Francis...

The collection of statistics on deployment is a new wrinkle for OECD, which uses the term "coverage" rather than "deployment" to describe them. These new coverage data allow us to see the picture of how widely deployed broadband networks are, as well as the state of intermodal competition internationally. While the United States ranked 31st in terms of the extent of DSL deployment in 2008, it...

In the old economy, virtually all economic transactions involved the transfer of physical goods and paper records, or the interaction of people in person or by telephone. In the New Economy, a significant share of both business and government transactions are conducted through digital means. For example, online retail sales have increased as a share of total retail sales on an average of 5...

Perhaps the most aggressive estimate of economic benefits from an EU-US free trade agreement (FTA) has come from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which estimates that a 50 percent NTB reduction scenario would increase both EU and U.S. GDP by 3 percent, generating annual gains of $450 billion for the United States and $495 billion for Europe. The Chamber also estimates that full tariff elimination...