McCain’s technology policy surfaces at last

Still catching up from my week in the wilderness. But apparently last week, John McCain released an extended statement on what his technology policy would be. The release comes as polls show the race tightening between Barack Obama and McCain.

I’m still digging into it, but a few items caught my eye as being sure to excite valley tech policy wonks:

  • John McCain Will Reform And Make Permanent The R&D Tax Credit
  • John McCain Will Lower the Corporate Tax Rate To 25 Percent To Retain Investment In U.S. Technologies
  • John McCain will expand the number of H-1B visas to allow our companies to keep top-notch talent – often trained in our graduate schools – in the United States.
  • Provide Alternative Approaches To Resolving Patent Challenges.

On the other hand, he remains a little fuzzy on some items that might make valley watchers less than thrilled:

  • John McCain does not believe in prescriptive regulation like “net-neutrality,” but rather he believes that an open marketplace with a variety of consumer choices is the best deterrent against unfair practices.
  • No mention of appointing a “chief technology officer” to oversee tech policy.

Obama had released his statement months ago. And McCain’s statement prompted this response from Stanford Professor Lawrence Lessig:

What are your thoughts?


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