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TCC Reports

Trust & The Tech Sector

This recent national qualitative and quantitative project shows Americans value the tech industry, its role in our economy, and its ability to add ease and convenience to daily lives.  Views toward tech are positive broadly, beneath the surface, and across demographic groups. But tech is not without some vulnerabilities and concerns, as many predictably worry about privacy and trust. A plurality feel tech faces the right amount of regulation, and majorities support a variety of interventions.

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The Coming Productivity Boom

It is amazing how many of our nation’s biggest challenges can be addressed by a simple formula: faster growth more broadly shared. From infrastructure to healthcare, education to national security, crime to creativity, a bigger pie and a wider winner’s circle go far towards solving them. 

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The Government We Need

For most of the past 70 years, policy makers faced a stark, binary choice: spend more, or cut the deficit? Better government generally required more dollars, necessitating higher taxes or larger deficits. Fiscally-prudent government usually accomplished less, with fewer services and lesser impact. There is a better way.

Leveraging existing, proven-effective strategies, the federal government can reduce costs by over $1 trillion on operations over the next decade while improving the reach and quality of its services.

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Exports and American Information and Communications Technology

The information and communications technology (ICT) industries are a vital part of the American economy, employing 4.2 million U.S. workers in 2012. Every sector of the economy relies on ICT hardware, software and services to some degree. In addition, over 70 percent of ICT spending occurs outside of the United States. Access to global markets enables American ICT companies to make substantial investments in research, capital spending, and worker training in the United States; increase productivity across sectors by developing innovative products and processes; and generate new ideas, firms, and jobs that maintain the pre-eminence of the U.S. ICT industries. Thus, growth of ICT exports is an essential element in the success of efforts to expand business opportunities for American workers and employers generally.

In 2012, U.S. ICT exports exceeded $270 billion, or more than $1 out of every $8 in total U.S. exports. They include $201 billion of domestically manufactured goods like Intel or Micron semiconductors; $72 billion of ICT services such as consulting services provided by companies like IBM and Xerox; data and computer processing services like those provided by EMC; and royalties collected by U.S. companies for software purchased by customers around the world.

This study explores the importance of ICT exports to states and congressional districts across the United States. All 50 states and 435 congressional districts – plus the District of Columbia – export ICT hardware, software and services. The foreign markets are many, and varied.

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High Impact

Out of every economic downturn, entrepreneurs have emerged to create new companies and pioneer new business models that reinvent the global economy. While policy makers rightly focus on restoring economic confidence and avoiding futurecrashes, creative business leaders are looking ahead, imagininghe next great projects, products and platforms. Starting abusiness is easier than it has ever been in history, thanks to new technologies.

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One Trillion Reasons

America’s growing national debt is undermining our global competitiveness. How we choose to confront and address this challenge will determine our future environment for growth and innovation. By adopting commercially proven best practices to maximize operational productivity, government can save over $1 trillion by 2020, while enhancing the services it provides citizens and laying a foundation for future innovation and growth.

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A Smarter Shade of Green

Few domestic policy issues invoke greater passion or have greater import than the rising demand for energy and its impact on our economy and environment. From record prices at gasoline pumps to higher energy and consumer expenses to global climate change, Americans are increasingly aware of the enormous challenges posed by this troubling trend.

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Freeing our Unused Spectrum

There are few more important natural resources than our radio spectrum. An increasingly essential platform for how we work, live, play and learn, radio spectrum may be the most critical infrastructure element of 21st century economies. Every day more than 200 million people use it to stay in touch, do business or catch up with friends and family. Americans send more than 7 billion written messages over it each month. It supports more than 3.6 million jobs and a rapidly growing share of America's gross domestic product. 

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A Healthy System

The United States today finds itself in a tough battle in a globalizing marketplace, and we can’t compete if we are forced to spend 30 percent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fighting a two-front war against disease and disaggregated data. Worse, it’s a war we’re losing. TheUnited States spends far more per capita on health care than any other country — yet by numerous measures of quality and patient satisfaction, Americans are not getting full value for their hard-earned health care dollars.

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e-Health Readiness Guide

While Americans spend over $1.8 trillion each year on health care, we are not getting the maximum value for our investment. Some have suggested that as much as one-third of these expenditures are administrative overhead, with hundreds of billions wasted on redundant, unnecessary or inappropriate efforts. In part, these inefficiencies are the result of under investment in technologies that enable better information management.

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