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FCC Makes it Official: Internet Will be Regulated

Today FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and two other commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received a standing ovation after voting in favor to apply 1930’s era regulations to the internet. It’s doubtful any manufacturers were in the audience. (continue reading…)

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Internet of Things Connects to Congress

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hear from industry and academic experts during a hearing today entitled “The Connected World: Examining the Internet of Things.” One of the expert witnesses participating is Douglas Davis, Vice President and General Manager, Internet of Things Group, of NAM member company Intel Corporation.

Manufacturers are leading the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution and Intel is one of those leaders. Not only is it a company producing the interoperable building blocks of the IoT platform and solutions that we find in many of the connected devices, Intel is a manufacturer leveraging the IoT on their own shop floors. (continue reading…)

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FCC Chair Confirms He Will Regulate the Internet

In an op-ed today in Wired Magazine, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed today he plans to regulate the open internet. He intends to apply 1930’s era telecommunications law to 21st century technology. This is discouraging news for all manufacturers that depend on a robust internet to run their shopfloors and deliver superior products. As members of the NAM said in a joint letter to Congress and NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said in USA Today, this regulation will result in a disincentive to invest in our broadband infrastructure which will chill innovation in the manufacturing sector. The NAM will continue to work closely with both sides of the aisle and Capitol Hill on their efforts to update our nation’s telecommunications laws to reflect our innovative industry.

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FTC Report on Internet of Things Released Today

Staff of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report today entitled: Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in a Connected World. This report is based on an Internet of Things (IoT) workshop hosted by the FTC in November of 2013 and includes recommendations on how to protect consumers as this emerging technology continues to develop. (continue reading…)

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New IRS Proposal Clarifies Use of R&D Credit for Software

The Department of Treasury and IRS released new guidance last week on the ability of a company to claim the R&D tax credit on computer software that is developed primarily for the company’s internal use.

Manufacturers may be pleased with the guidance since companies are currently unable to count computer software research intended for the company’s own use as a qualified research expense for the purpose of the credit. The proposal more clearly specifies what types of software would be excluded from using the R&D credit (i.e. software used for administrative functions), and provides examples that may be helpful in determining which activities would qualify for the credit. (continue reading…)

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Manufacturers and their Issues Take Over at 2015 CES

Once again, the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was a showcase of the intersection of technology and manufacturing. Safety innovations in vehicles, the connected home, healthy lifestyle applications, smart appliances, 3D cameras, and high-tech robotics were all on display by members of the NAM. Policy issues were also front and center this week. Leaders in Congress and the Administration addressed the open internet, outdated regulations, and the policy impacts of the internet of things. The NAM was right there in the middle of it all. (continue reading…)

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NAM at CES

The NAM is once again traveling to the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas – the largest trade show of the year in this city that is no stranger to big events. We are proud that CES is hosted by NAM-member the Consumer Electronics Association and we are excited to see some of the most recent intersections of manufacturing and technology.

While manufacturers will have their latest and greatest technology on display, CES is not just about making your gadget wish list for your factory floor. Some of the nation’s leading voices on the policy issues impacting our industry will be in attendance sharing their views on what they see happening in Washington in 2015.

On the agenda includes a debate on the privacy issues surrounding the Internet of things, how a 20th century regulatory structure is impacting 21st manufacturing innovation, and discussions on what IP and IT laws that need to be updated to encourage investment and growth.

If you can’t make it out to CES this year, the NAM will give you access behind the velvet rope – something everyone strives for while in Vegas.

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NAM and Over 100 Companies and Organizations Sign Letter Highlighting the Importance of the Open Internet

Today, National Association of Manufacturers sent a letter to Director of the National Economic Council Jeffrey Zients, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Jason Furman, House and Senate leadership, members of the FCC and Commerce Secretary Pritzker that focuses on the important role the open internet has played in ensuring manufacturers are able to incorporate cutting-edge technologies into their products and processes. (continue reading…)

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Manufacturers Welcome Congress Back; Say Now Is Time To Govern

As Members of the 114th Congress descend on Washington for orientation, and the 113th Congress convenes for the upcoming lame duck session, manufacturers stand ready to work with our leaders to advance policies that will enable us to continue to grow and create jobs.   Manufacturers believe that now is the time to set aside the differences that have resulted in gridlock, and focus on the pro-growth policies that brought voters to the polls. Simply put, it is time to govern and grow. (continue reading…)

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President’s Call for Internet Regulation Will Harm Manufacturers

The internet has contributed to the unprecedented growth of our economy over the last two decades largely due to a regulatory environment that has encouraged growth and investment.

The open internet has been especially beneficial to manufacturers in the United States as they have used communications tools to more efficiently operate their shopfloors and bring the most innovative products to market.

Unfortunately, President Obama’s statement today endorsing regulating the internet like a utility seriously threatens that continued growth. The NAM is strongly supportive of an open internet and therefore strongly disagrees with the President’s statement today.

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