Technology & IP

September 30th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- If we want innovation and economic growth, then policymakers need to stop undercutting investment with increased costs and uncertainty through excessive regulation. Unfortunately, government regulations, as well as taxes, have been harming investment, innovation and economic growth for decades, but the damage has been ramped up over the last decade. Indeed, […]

September 25th, 2015 by

The latest revision to second quarter GDP growth showed strong growth in IP products investment.   U.S. real GDP growth was upgraded for the second quarter of this year for the second time in the latest U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis revision. The initial estimate put growth at 2.3 percent, which was then upgraded to […]

September 11th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The warnings before and after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted early this year to regulate the Internet – both wired and wireless broadband networks – as utilities were clear. That is, such a decision would create uncertainty, limit innovation and restrain investment, with significant wider economic consequences. The Warnings As […]

September 8th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- China’s economic turmoil has, in turn, created turmoil in U.S. markets. It seems that many investors were taken off guard not only by China’s slowing economy, but by question marks as to how real the economic numbers have been coming out of China. And then there’s the economic elephant in the […]

August 25th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The “Internet Tax Freedom Act” bans state and local taxation of Internet access, and multiple or discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce. President Bill Clinton first signed it into law in 1998. Unfortunately, this common-sense measure was never made permanent. It has been renewed four times – in 2001, 2004, 2007, and […]

July 30th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- On her recent album “1989,” Taylor Swift served up the hit song “Shake It Off.” Fortunately, when it comes to confronting efforts to undermine property rights, Swift has decided not to simply “shake it off.” Rather, she has decided to step forward to defend property rights. In an era where technology […]

July 30th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The breathtaking advancements made in recent times in both wired and wireless telecommunications networks have been driven by entrepreneurial enterprises at work in the realm of telecommunications, and by individuals and businesses willing to make large and often risky investments. In turn, small businesses across our economy have reaped rewards of […]

July 24th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- International trade agreements and organizations, when functioning properly, are critical to maintaining open trade, and enhancing opportunities for entrepreneurs, businesses and workers, including the protection of intellectual property. That’s why the process by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to make changes to the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations […]

July 15th, 2015 by

By Karen Kerrigan- During the “Open Internet” comment period, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was considering (and is now implementing) antiquated rules (Title II) that will regulate the Internet like the telephone system, SBE Council expressed deep concerns about how the intrusive regulatory approach would impact entrepreneurs. From the small business perspective, we expressed […]

June 26th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Talk heated up of late regarding so-called set-asides for “small business” when it comes to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) upcoming “incentive auction” for broadcast spectrum. Unfortunately, this has been grossly misleading, as such set-asides have nothing to do with small business. In fact, these subsidies would go to very large […]

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