E&E News covered an ITIF report recommending that federal energy officials pursue collaborations that put military energy technologies to better use in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
March 7, 2019
March 6, 2019
Doug Brake told the Agence France-Presse that the proposal is an example of regulatory "overreach" and called for compromise. The bill "doesn't offer the balance a complex new platform like the internet deserves," Brake said. "It would be far better for Congress to thoughtfully design a new section of the law tailor-made for the competitive dynamics of today's broadband market."
March 4, 2019
Stephen Ezell, said calls to use march-in rights to control drug prices could allow a government entity to retroactively commandeer innovations that private-sector enterprises invested hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars to create. “That threat would significantly reduce the pace of biopharmaceutical innovation,” he told Bloomberg Law.
March 4, 2019
What’s missing is a comprehensive manufacturing strategy, Rob Atkinson told the Christian Science Monitor. Republicans push tax cuts and deregulation while Democrats favor training and public-private partnerships. “What you really want is an all-of-the above president,” he said.
March 1, 2019
"Robots are getting better, cheaper and more versatile, and therefore can be used more effectively in more industries," Rob Atkinson told Axios.
February 28, 2019
“Given the increasing ‘techlash,’ especially from the anti-monopoly left that sees large firms of any kind as suspect, it is not surprising that the FTC took this step,” Rob Atkinson told The Hill. “Hopefully the FTC will not be swayed by populist furor and instead confine itself to careful, objective analysis based on the reality that many technology markets tend toward concentration, and that this concentration is usually pro-consumer and pro-innovation.”
February 26, 2019
"There’s this growing tech backlash and there’s a growing movement of what one could call the anti-monopoly left who sees any big firms as suspect," Rob Atkinson told Bloomberg. "We put those two things together, and I believe there’s a real risk that the FTC could go too far here and begin to question or take actions against large technology firms simply because they’re large."
February 19, 2019
“Having used mercantilist tactics to build local champions, China is tapering off some subsidies and restrictions,” Nigel Cory and David Hart told the Financial Times. “Building these local champions at the early stage of technological development and adoption means China will be well placed to capitalise on other countries’ efforts to reduce carbon emissions and spur NEV adoption.”
February 13, 2019
"More competitors is not always better. This is especially true given the economics of communications networks, which feature tremendously high, fixed upfront costs to serve a given geographic area,” Doug Brake told the panel. “A combined company could do more with less, allowing the new firm to drive greater value throughout the business, ultimately passing a significant share onto consumers.”
February 11, 2019
Daniel Castro said that, "If the administration wants its AI initiative to be transformative, it will need to do more than reprogram existing funds for AI research, skill development, and infrastructure development." Castro welcomed the initiative but called for a more comprehensive AI strategy that covers areas such as digital free trade, data collection policies and other issues.