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November 29, 2012
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  Policy Watch 
  • U.S. tech sector urges immigration reform for foreign entrepreneurs
    A coalition of U.S. business interests -- including representatives of the technology industry -- is pushing for changes to immigration law that would make it easier for foreigners who launch startups in the U.S. to stay in the country and run their businesses. The group is lobbying for passage of the Startup Act 2.0, which would add a type of visa for foreign-born entrepreneurs who raise at least $100,000 in working capital and put a minimum of two Americans to work at their companies within the first 12 months of obtaining the visa. The Wall Street Journal (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Critics call for regulatory reform at FCC to promote competition
    The Federal Communications Commission is stifling broadband expansion in the U.S., according to critics who say the agency needs to relax its regulatory regime and focus more on network growth than universal access. Critics such as Robert Litan, Bloomberg Government's director of research, say the FCC maintains an antiquated approach to oversight that undermines the growth of converged technologies and hinders competition. (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Sequestration cuts threaten science research and development
    U.S. scientific advances may be blocked and some 31,000 people employed in scientific fields could lose their jobs if sequestration cuts take place, experts say. "Not only would research itself suffer, but the cutbacks would likely have ripple effects into the future, as young scientists and science students would have fewer opportunities," said Matthew Hourihan of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Discovery (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC: DISH's network would cost government billions
    The Federal Communications Commission criticized DISH Network's plan to use satellite frequencies to provide terrestrially based wireless service, saying it would hurt the value of "H block" spectrum that the government hopes to sell commercially, the agency said Monday. "DISH is seeking to take a public asset potentially worth billions of dollars and turn it into a private windfall," the FCC said in a statement. DISH has urged regulators to reconsider its ruling, saying it would cripple its plans. The company denies claims that the H block would be compromised. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career & Workforce Development 
  • Software sector leads tech industry for jobs growth
    The technology sector added 100,000 new jobs in the first half of 2012, according to a report from the TechAmerica Foundation that found jobs growth in three out of four sectors analyzed. The software industry saw the largest increase -- adding more than 50,000 jobs in the first six months of the year -- followed by engineering and tech services and technology manufacturing, which together accounted for about 59,000 positions. Communications services, however, lost more than 10,000 jobs during the period. Network World/(free registration) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet."
--James Oppenheim,
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