Competitveness

Stop China’s plan to weaken American innovation

China’s government is orchestrating a comprehensive effort to eradicate American competitors from its markets for information and communications technology (ICT) products and services. The intent is to hobble US companies competing in China, cultivate and promote China’s own domestic champions, and ultimately replace the US as the world’s ICT leader.

The importance of US patent quality

From computing and electronics to biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, America is home to the world’s most cutting edge innovations. One of the reasons for this wealth of invention is the protection afforded by high quality patents. A patent system that continues to promote and protect our inventions is critical to our economic success and global competitiveness.

Peer-to-Peer Wireless Is Increasing Competition Worldwide

In some markets—including large swaths of the U.S.—just one or two companies have the right to transmit over the most versatile bands of radio spectrum or to build cable connections using public rights of way. This means those companies can dictate the terms and price of the connection, and as a result, an Internet connection in most U.S. cities is costlier and slower than it would be in cities in comparable countries, reports the New American Foundation.

China’s robots will double by 2017 to overtake the US

The number of industrial robots in use in China will more than double over the next two years ­– from 182,000 today to 428,000 by 2017 – thus overtaking the robot populations of either North America or the EU’s five largest economies.

China's Rise to Global Economic Superpower

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the most prestigious international financial institution in the world, has rated China's ranking to number one economic superpower in the world -- surpassing those of the United States based upon the purchasing power parity of GDP indicator (gross domestic product).

NASA must sharpen its space skills, say experts

(Fox News) - “In the longer term (two to three decades from now), China appears to be best positioned to be a challenger for the top spot,” Prof. Loizos Heracleous of Warwick Business School in the U.K. told FoxNews.com. He and Steven Gonzalez of NASA’s Johnson Space Center co-authored the study, Two modest proposals for propelling NASA forward, which was published on Nov. 17 in Space Policy.

100Mbps Internet available to 59% of US, while gigabit still at just 3%

At the lower end, the report found that 98 percent of Americans can get at least 3Mbps, while 88 percent can choose from at least two providers, and 56 percent can choose from at least three. Two percent of Americans had no options even at 3Mbps.

U.S. military readiness for war, competitive edge worsening: officials

The U.S. military's ability to stay ahead of technology advances by other countries and respond to multiple crises around the world is already in jeopardy and will get worse unless mandatory budget cuts are reversed, top U.S. officials warned on Saturday.

Japanese companies beating U.S. firms in innovation

Japanese firms outranked U.S. companies when it comes to innovation, according to a 2014 list released by Thomson Reuters’ IP and Science business. There were 39 Japanese firms that made this year’s Top 100 Global Innovators list, compared to 35 U.S. companies.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Promotes Google Fiber's Impact on Competition and Gigabit Networks

Google Fiber has been perhaps the primary driver of the current push toward high-speed internet in the United States, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a speech here yesterday on the future of broadband competition.

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces $15 Million Grant Competition to Spur Regional Innovation

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the launch of the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) $15 million 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies Program competition to spur innovation capacity-building activities in regions across the nation.

FCC chairman: US needs greater broadband competition to drive innovation, consumer choice

He said that more Americans do have access to higher speeds -- 80 percent of American homes can get connections of 25 Mbps or better download speeds and a majority have access to 100 Mbps -- than in the past, but the competition among providers at these higher levels isn't there.

US, UK climb competitiveness ranks; Germany falls

The United States has risen two notches in the economic competitiveness stakes, the World Economic Forum said on Wednesday (Sep 3). "The United States improves its competitiveness position for the second consecutive year, climbing two places to third on the back of gains to its institutional framework and innovation scores," said the WEF, which issues an annual ranking. The United States had held the top rank seven years ago but slid to seventh amid the financial crisis.

Executives at AT&T and DirecTV Defend Their Broadband Merger Against its Critics

This proposed merger isn’t like that of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, said AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson. AT&T and DirecTV offer mostly complementary services with little overlap. A merger would allow both companies to “respond to consumer demand.”

Digital education could make Americans more competitive, close achievement gap

"If a teacher has class of 30 students and they don't have technology, the very best teachers are bouncing from student to student," said Karen Cator, president of Digital Promise, a nonprofit working with individual school systems that are going high tech. "When students have technology they can be helping themselves in some sense, and the teacher can come in when they're most needed."

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