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When a country like China is committed to winning in key innovation-based industry and is willing and able to engage in a wide array of mercantilist practices, some of which violate various global trading agreements, no matter how good the innovation policies of places are, they will not lead to innovation activity. Only if the federal government takes aggressive and sustained action to combat...
If our current climate trajectory has us hurtling towards a world of substantial warming, aggressive reductions of soot, methane, and other non-CO2 climate “forcings” (i.e. nitrogen oxides and fluorinated gases) should be a central component of any climate policy strategy. These are the “fast acting” efforts that can yield critical near-term reductions in warming while delivering substantial co-...
Lower-tier economies should participate in discussion forums for continuous assessing and monitoring of the cutting-edge innovative regulatory tools and best practices that leader economies have explored in the hope of surmounting the challenges. They include: Reforming the ICT sector in an economy-specific framework of change management; Establishing a separate telecom/ICT regulator (among 21...
In order to achieve economic recovery and an essential boost in the U.S. manufacturing sector, Congress should increase funding for and focus on trade enforcement at USTR and customs/border protection agencies—including with regard to IP theft, forced technology transfer, currency manipulation, counterfeiting, dumping, etc.—while heightening focus on countries, such as China, which continue to...
Congress should simplify the corporate tax code while expanding provisions that incentivize investments in R&D, workforce training, and capital equipment and machinery. In particular, Congress should transform the Alternative Simplified Credit for R&D into an American Investment Tax Credit that allows expenditures in excess of 50 percent of base calculation on R&D, workforce training...
Reform the U.S. regulatory system. Regulations must be based in science and should be frequently updated to take into account the lessons gained from experience. The system should not seek zero risk as this is unattainable in the real world. Regulatory review should seek to establish that novel products are as safe as others in the marketplace. In making this evaluation regulators must take into...
Policymakers should understand that no bill that targets foreign infringing sites would be acceptable to ideologically-driven advocates, including those who populate Internet standards bodies, regardless of their claims that they also want to reduce piracy. However, other critics have raised reasonable questions about aspects of the legislation, particularly of SOPA. While the countermeasures...
As an alternative to carbon targets, let’s create government clean energy RD&D (research, development, and demonstration)investment intensity targets that countries can sign up for in lieu of agreeing to cap carbon emissions. In doing so, world leaders would effectively boost investments in the front-end of clean energy innovation—an area of significant concern and underfunding—thus spurring...
Instead of focusing solely on the budget deficit, Congress should take a more nuanced approach to budget cutting that addresses the budget deficit while simultaneously reducing the investment and trade deficits. The only way to do this is to increase targeted investments that spur innovation, productivity, and competitiveness while cutting budgets elsewhere. Increasing these productive public...
Congress should create a Data Policy Office within the Department of Commerce to focus on data policies that foster economic activity, including policies that increase data sharing, reduce barriers to global information flows, and protect consumer privacy. For example, the Data Policy Office could evaluate the impact of data regulations on competition and innovation, fund research on important...
One of the most interesting developments in the race for global competitiveness are what as known as patent boxes. If a patent box is designed in a way that links the incentive to the conduct of R&D and/or production of the patented product in the United States it would go even further in spurring the creation and location of more innovation-based jobs in the United States. Second, a patent...
The Federal Government should build an e-ID framework that supports both current and emerging technologies to establish a technology-neutral e-ID framework that allows both public and private sector identity providers to issue e-IDs using the technology of their choice.
Congress should grant permissive incentive auction authority to the FCC. Permissive auction authority would allow the FCC to decide which bands of spectrum to offer up, how to set the reserve price (if any),and how to divide the proceeds between the legacy user and the Treasury. Permissive authority will allow the FCC to fine-tune successive auctions (those that follow the one-time TV incentive...
The current study, "Measuring Broadband America," is wireline only, but fixed wireless broadband and mobile broadband should also be measured.
The data provided the FCC's "Measuring Broadband America" report will become more useful as it is taken again and again so that trend lines can be constructed; the FCC should sample performance every six months.
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