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TIA Releases the U.S. ICT R&D Policy Report, Urges U.S. Policymakers to Take Action to Reinvigorate Investment in ICT Innovation

The United States has long stood as the unrivaled leader in information and communications technology (ICT). With the largest ICT market in the world, the U.S. economy has reaped substantial benefits from the ICT sector itself and its multiplier effect as a catalyst for growth and productivity in other sectors.
 
U.S. primacy in ICT innovation is the result of a strong, unparalleled research ecosystem consisting of robust university and industrial research institutions, emerging start-ups, mature technology companies, private financing, federal funding and a pool of talented researchers. While the U.S. still boasts the strongest research ecosystem in the world, we are beginning to see signs of erosion specific to the ICT sector that threaten U.S. leadership as competing nations take strong steps to attract investment in ICT research and development to build innovation-based economies.
 
Just released, TIA's U.S. ICT R&D Policy Report examines research funding challenges facing the U.S. research ecosystem including: a growing gap in basic ICT research funding, a temporary and less generous R&D tax credit, the need for improved accounting of ICT research throughout the federal government, and the need for greater ICT industry input into agency funding priorities.
 
To overcome these challenges, TIA makes the following recommendations in the new report:
 
» Recommendation 1: Facilitate greater private investment in basic research through enactment of a permanent, simplified, R&D Tax Credit.
 
» Recommendation 2: Fully fund the Wireless Innovation Fund (WIN) and increase future funding for targeted ICT research. Funding for ICT research should encourage multi-year federal research plans and demonstrate a commitment to basic research.
 
» Recommendation 3: Continue appropriations to fulfill the authorization levels included in the COMPETES Act (PL 111-358) and remain on the path to double the basic science budget by FY2015.
 
» Recommendation 4: Improve coordination and accounting of ICT research throughout the federal government. There needs to be a better coordinated effort including all agencies conducting ICT research that allows all entities to understand what efforts are occurring at all levels as well as better accounting to verify funds directed to ICT research are in fact being used for ICT research.
 
» Recommendation 5: Promote polices that stimulate broadband deployment and research. Identify innovative research breakthroughs that will decrease the cost of broadband deployment, which would further the goal of Internet access for all Americans. The National Academy of Sciences should convene a panel to investigate gaps in broadband research.
 
» Recommendation 6: Institute policies that encourage cooperation and information sharing with other nation's research efforts to ensure that there is a coordinated approach to solving problems and thus avoid the allocation of scarce research resources in a duplicative fashion.
 
» Recommendation 7: Facilitate greater ICT industry input into agency funding priorities, so that there can be better coordination between research and commercialization.
 
The full report is available online at TIA's Government Affairs White Papers page.
 
About TIA
 
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and networking. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment.
 
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TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Visit tiaonline.org.
 
TIA's Board of Directors includes senior-level executives from ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, ANDA Networks, AttivaCorp, Cisco Systems, Dow Chemical Company, Ericsson, Inc., GENBAND, Inc., Henkels & McCoy, Juniper Networks, ILS Technology, Intel Corporation, Intersect, Inc., LGE, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, OneChip Photonics, Panasonic Computer Solutions Co., Qualcomm, Research In Motion, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation, Tellabs, TE Connectivity, Ulticom, Inc., Walker & Associates and WirefreeCom, Inc. Advisors to the Board include FAL Associates and Telcordia Technologies.
 
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About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org  for details.

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