Last updated: August 14, 2008 - 9:36pm
On Thursday, Sen John McCain's campaign released his proposed technology policies. The paper claims John McCain has a broad and cohesive vision for the future of American innovation. His policies will provide broad pools of capital, low taxes and incentives for research in America, a commitment to a skilled and educated workforce, and a dedication to opening markets around the globe. He's committed to streamlining burdensome regulations and effectively protecting American intellectual property in the United States and around the globe. The campaign also says Sen McCain is "uniquely qualified to lead our nation during this technological revolution" because of he is the former chairmen of the Senate Commerce Committee. "Under John McCain's guiding hand," the paper reads, "Congress developed a wireless spectrum policy that spurred the rapid rise of mobile phones and Wi-Fi technology that enables Americans to surf the web while sitting at a coffee shop, airport lounge, or public park."
As President, John McCain promises to: 1) Encourage investment in innovation, 2) Develop a skilled work force, 3) Champion open and fair trade, 4) Reform intellectual property protection, 5) Keep the Internet and entrepreneurs free of unnecessary regulation, and 6) Ensure a fully connected citizenry.
Speaking for Sen Barack Obama's campaign former Federal Communications Commission Chairman William Kennard, said, "Senator McCain's technology plan doesn't put Americans first -- it is a rehash of tax breaks and giveaways to the big corporations and their lobbyists who advise the McCain campaign. This plan won't do enough for hardworking Americans who are still waiting for competitive and affordable broadband service at their homes and businesses. It won't do enough to ensure a free and open Internet that guarantees freedom of speech. It won't do anything to ensure that we use technology to bring transparency to government and free Washington from the grip of lobbyists and special interests. Senator McCain's plan would continue George Bush's neglect of this critical sector and relegate America's communications infrastructure to second-class status. That's not acceptable."
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