Strengthening U.S. Information Technology: Keep America #1 on the Net

February 28, 2007

The Internet will advance as fast as the underlying technology will allow. The next President will need to develop a comprehensive strategy that allows U.S. companies to remain the primary inventors and purveyors of Internet technology, stimulate American entrepreneurs to continue to develop the best new Internet businesses, and help American workers continue to receive the benefits of increased productivity and economic growth.

The next President should pursue the following national objectives:

  • recruit and retain 10,000 new mathematics and science teachers per year
  • double our annual number of engineering graduates
  • each year convince 1,000 more of the nation’s top engineering students to pursue doctoral studies
  • at least double the number of H1-B visas for highly-skilled foreign workers to meet market demand

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