President Obama Highlights Policies For Innovation Economy in SOTU Address

BY Heather Greenfield
January 20, 2015

Washington – We are pleased that President Obama, as part of his proposals to grow the economy, highlighted pro-innovation priorities like trade and open Internet access and fast networks.

The following can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black:

“We believe the President has identified several areas where action is needed that deserve bipartisan cooperation during the year ahead.

“The digital economy is becoming the backbone of the economy.  The President is urging numerous policy measures that are responding to the realities of our 21st Century economy. Adopting these proposals and refraining from policies that are tied to the past can nurture our economic turnaround.  Failure to develop good policies risk slowing down our economic dynamism.

“We are hopeful that Congress is also motivated to find creative ways to encourage innovation by giving innovators the tools they need, including:

-a reformed and balanced patent system

-policies that encourage competition

-education and immigration policies that create more skilled US students, and reliable access to global talent

-forward looking trade agreements that foster the economic potential of the Internet

-assurance that the open Internet will be preserved.

“We appreciated the president highlighting what we hope becomes an agenda to cooperatively build the innovation economy — from expanding trade to ‘protecting the free and open Internet’ and building the ‘fastest Internet’ so innovators have a platform to reshape our economy.”

Related Articles

CCIA Recommendations on Canada’s Online News Act Ahead of Committee Hearing

Sep 23, 2022

Washington — The Heritage Committee in the House of Commons of Canada will meet at a  hearing on Friday afternoon to discuss Bill C-18, dubbed “the Online News Act.” The bill would require large “digital news intermediaries” including search engines and social media platforms to pay Canadian news companies to index their content or to…

CCIA Offers Comments to USTR on Proposed U.S.-Kenya Trade Partnership

Sep 16, 2022

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on its proposed U.S.-Kenya Strategic Trade & Investment Partnership, providing recommendations to boost and support digital trade between the two countries.  CCIA welcomes the Biden Administration’s desire to expand trade opportunities with Kenya and encourages the United…

CCIA Launches Research Center to Provide a One-Stop-Shop Resource for Data & Analytics on the Connected Economy

Aug 11, 2022

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association is pleased to announce the launch of the CCIA Research Center, the longest-running tech trade association’s newest arm and a source for the most up-to-date data and analytics on the connected economy. CCIA has advocated for empirically-grounded policy that advances competition and innovation for 50 years and…