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TIA Applauds President Obama’s FY2015 Budget Proposal That Incorporates Parts of TIA’s 2014 Innovation Agenda

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TIA Applauds President Obama’s FY2015 Budget Proposal That Incorporates Parts of TIA’s 2014 Innovation Agenda

Arlington, VA (March 4, 2014) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today applauded President Obama for incorporating many of the items in TIA’s 2014 Innovation Agenda into his FY2015 budget proposal.  The President’s budget wisely proposes to invest in many areas which are critical for the U.S. information and communications technology (ICT) industry, including:

  • Increasing budgets for agencies that work closely with the ICT industry, including significant increases for the FCC, NTIA, and NIST
  • A greater emphasis on cybersecurity, including a significant budget increase for DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate
  • Doubling broadband grants through a successful existing program in the Department of Agriculture
  • Providing $200 million in funding for teachers to make use of the FCC’s new ConnectED initiative
  • A continuing commitment to federal R&D spending on priority areas like cybersecurity and spectrum
  • Support for comprehensive tax reform that lowers rates, closes loopholes, and makes the R&D credit permanent
  • Comprehensive immigration reform that will grow the U.S. economy and shrink deficits

If enacted into law, the items above would help ensure that the U.S. retains its position of global leadership in ICT.  Congress should work to implement these proposals as part of the FY15 budget process.  However, Congress should also avoid imposing spectrum fees on licensees — despite being proposed in the budget.  Such fees would harm innovation, restrict flexibility, and potentially lead to inefficient spectrum management processes while not re-investing in the development work needed to ensure a vibrant wireless economy in the future.

TIA looks forward to working with the President and Congress in the months ahead to ensure that the federal government’s FY15 budget promotes innovation in as effective a manner as possible.

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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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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