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Technology Leaders Call on Congress to Support Investments in Digital Infrastructure as Part of Economic Stimulus and Recovery Plan
Date:1/22/2009

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Technology and business leaders from over 100 companies today called strategic investments in digital infrastructure a vital part of America's economic recovery and called on lawmakers to include them in the economic stimulus and recovery plan working its way through Congress.

In a letter to House and Senate leaders, 117 CEOs and business leaders said investments in health care information technology, broadband and energy smart grids "will provide our nation with a near-term stimulus and long-term comparative advantage."

"Investments in America's digital infrastructure will spur significant job creation in the immediate term. An investment of $40 billion in America's IT network infrastructure in 2009 will create more than 949,000 U.S. jobs, more than half of which will be in small businesses," wrote the business leaders to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader John Boehner.

"Congress and the new Administration face a formidable task, restoring the nation's confidence and encouraging the innovation, risk-taking and entrepreneurship needed to get our country moving again. The investments in a smarter energy grid, health care IT (such as electronic medical records) and accelerating broadband deployment recommended by President Obama will not only stimulate the economy, but will also accelerate long-term growth. They fund the future," added the business leaders.

A copy of the letter is below.

The letter was spearheaded by the Technology CEO Council, TechNet, the Information Technology Industry Council and the Technology Association of America.

For more information, please call:

TCC: Katie Hallen - (202) 463-0013, ext. 213

TechNet: Jim Hock - (202) 494-8132

ITIC: Vince Morris - (202) 626-5744

Technology Association of America: Charles Greenwald - (703) 284-5305

    January 21, 2009


    Speaker Nancy Pelosi                        Majority Leader Harry Reid
    H-232 U.S. Capitol                          S-221 U.S. Capitol
    Washington, DC 20515                        Washington, DC 20510

    Republican Leader John Boehner              Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
    H-204 U.S. Capitol                          S-230 U.S. Capitol
    Washington, DC 20515                        Washington, DC 20510

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, and Republican Leaders McConnell and Boehner:

We write to ask for Congress' support for investing in the future economic competitiveness of our country. As you consider President Obama's economic recovery proposal and develop your own views, we strongly encourage you to support investments in our digital infrastructure. From our knowledge and experience in the marketplace, we know these investments will provide our nation with a near-term stimulus and long-term comparative advantage.

Investments in America's digital infrastructure will spur significant job creation in the immediate term. An investment of $40 billion in America's IT network infrastructure in 2009 will create more than 949,000 U.S. jobs, more than half of which will be in small businesses, according to the Information Technology Industry Foundation (ITIF).

Congress and the new Administration face a formidable task, restoring the nation's confidence and encouraging the innovation, risk-taking and entrepreneurship needed to get our country moving again. The investments in a smarter energy grid, health care IT (such as electronic medical records) and accelerating broadband deployment recommended by President Obama will not only stimulate the economy, but will also accelerate long-term growth. They fund the future.

An investment of $40 billion, which we believe is a critical starting point, also promises to increase productivity and competitiveness over the long-term. Information and communications-enabled technologies improve energy efficiency, help doctors save lives and money in health care, catalyze new business models and entrepreneurs, enable educational improvements and empower individuals to take more control over their lives. Those nations with the most advanced digital infrastructure will reap the largest benefits and lead in next generation jobs, services and companies.

While Congress will no-doubt have many things to consider, we encourage you to support initiatives that will position our country to succeed in the 21st century global economy.

Sincerely,

    Samuel J. Palmisano      Michael Splinter        Michael S. Dell
    Chairman and CEO         President and CEO       Chairman and CEO
    IBM Corporation          Applied Materials, Inc. Dell Inc.


    Greg Brown               Steve Appleton          Mark Hurd
    President and Co-CEO     Chairman and CEO        Chairman, President,
     Motorola, Inc.          Micron Technology, Inc. and CEO
                                                     Hewlett-Packard Company


    Joe Tucci                Paul S. Otellini        John Chambers
    Chairman, President,     President and CEO       Chairman and CEO
    and CEO                  Intel Corporation       Cisco Systems, Inc.
    EMC Corporation


    Kenneth I. Chenault      John J. Donleavy        Richard K. Templeton
    Chairman and CEO         President and CEO       Chairman, President and
    American Express Co.     VELCO                   CEO
                                                     Texas Instruments


    Kevin J. Kennedy         David M. McClanahan     Bill Branaham
    CEO                      President and CEO       Chairman and CEO
    Avaya Inc.               CenterPoint Energy      21st Century Telecom


    Robert Young             Jim Whitehurst          John VanZandt
    President and CEO        CEO                     President
    Central Vermont Public   Red Hat                 CEO Softcenters, Inc.
     Service


    Cathleen P. Black        Ken Whiteman            Robert B. Catell
    President                President               Chairman
    Hearst Magazines         Green Ventures, Inc.    U.S. National Grid


    Anthony Davis            Grant Evans             S. 'Sundi' Sundarish
    CEO                      Chairman and CEO        President and CEO
    2Go Software             Actividentity, Inc.     Adaptec, Inc.
     Solutions, Inc.


    John Yacoub              Richard Kurtz           Bonnie K. Holub, Ph.D.
    President and CEO        President and CEO       CEO
    Advanced Circuits, Inc.  Advanced Photonix,      Adventium Labs
                              Inc.


    Jeff Jarvis              John K. Condon          Ed Morrissey
    President and CEO        CEO                     CEO
    Agentek Inc.             Ambit Group, LLC        Appelzin


    Barney T. Bishop III     Clark Masters           Frank Helle
    President and CEO        President and CEO       CEO
    Associated Industries    Astute Networks, Inc.   Axian, Inc.
     of Florida


    Brenda Hall              Clarence Wooten         William S. McKiernan
    CEO                      CEO                     Chairman and CEO
    Bridge360                CollectiveX Inc.        CyberSource Corporation


    Randy Schafer            Bernard Klocman         James J. McNamara, Jr.
    CEO                      President and CEO       President and CEO
    Earth Computer           Emergency Medical       Endicott Interconnect
     Technologies, Inc.       Technologies            Technologies, Inc.


    Ed Keible                Cliff Henley            Don Mitchell
    President and CEO        CEO                     Chairman and CEO
    Endwave Corporation      Fleet Management        FSI International, Inc.
                              Solutions, Inc.


    Doug Woods               Chris D'Couto, Ph.D.    Shachar Oren
    CEO                      President and CEO       President and CEO
    Mobile Air Applied       Neah Power              Neurotic Media
    Science, Inc.            Systems, Inc.


    Mike Angelinovich        Bruce Ballengee         Cory Isaacson
    CEO                      CEO                     CEO
    OHVA, Incorporated       Pariveda                Prelude Innovations,
                              Solutions, LP           Inc.


    Norman Wolfe             Peter Boni              Dr. Mike Polcari
    President and CEO        President and CEO       President and CEO
    Quantum Leaders, Inc.    Safeguard Scientific,   SEMATECH Inc.
                              Inc.


    Bruce D. Swail           T. Kendall Hunt         Jim Treleaven
    CEO                      Chairman and CEO        President and CEO
    U.S. Robotics, Inc.      VASCO Data              Via Strategy Group, LLC
                             Security, Inc.


    Jonna Ward               Dr. Stanton Sloane      Mac Slingerland
    CEO                      President and CEO       President and CEO
    Visionary Integration    SRA International       Ciber, Inc.
     Professionals


    Charles L. Casanave      Steven Joe              John W. Lindquist
    President and CEO        President and CEO       President and CEO
    Data Access Worldwide    D-Link Systems, Inc.    Electronic Warfare
                                                      Associates


    David Guliani            Pete Ungaro             Allan Metts
    CEO                      President and CEO       President and CEO
    Pacific Bioscience       Cray, Inc.              Arcato Global LLC
     Labs, Inc.


    Lawrence M. Kutscher     Eric W. Strid           Tom Lynch
    CEO                      Chairman                CEO
    Register.com             Cascade Microtech,      Tyco Electronics
                              Inc.


    Safra A. Catz            Tim Cook                William D. Johnson
    President                Chief Operating         Chairman, President,
    Oracle Corporation        Officer                 and CEO
                             Apple, Inc.             Progress Energy


    Antonio M. Perez         Dr. Paul J. Curlander   Bill Nuti
    Chairman and CEO         Chairman and CEO        Chairman and CEO
    Eastman Kodak Company    Lexmark                 NCR Corporation
                              International, Inc.


    Laurent Vernerey         Kiyoshi Kinugawa        Norman J. Salmon
    President and CEO        President and CEO       President
    APC by Schneider         Hitachi America, Ltd.   Hummingbird Scientific
     Electric


    Al Eisaian               John Sullivan           John Torkelson
    Chairman                 President and COO       President
    Integrien                Mesa Laboratories,      Online Strategic
    Corporation               Inc.                   Systems, Inc.


    A.K. Thakore             Barry Pardon            Steve Mackie
    President                President               President
    Saisoft                  Simclar, Inc.           Storage Strategies, Inc.


    Jim Leto                 Mark Hamdan             Mike Gulett
    CEO                      President and CEO       President and CEO
    GTSI Corp.               HRsmart, Inc.           Ikanos
                                                      Communications, Inc.


    Steve Deal               Hussein Enan            Robert E. Matthiesson
    Chairman and CEO         Chairman and CEO        President and CEO
    Indyme Solutions,        InsWeb Corporation      InTEST Corporation
      Inc.


    Des Speed                Sean R. Cunningham      Richard A. Montoni
    CEO                      President and CEO       CEO
    Lagan Inc.               Logic 20/20, Inc.       MAXIMUS, Inc.


    David Kriegman           Van Chesnutt            Steve Sharp
    President                President               Chairman
    TechTeam Government      Tirraappendi, Inc.      TriQuint Semiconductor
     Solutions


    Dr. Gerry                Robert J. Abernathy     Dr. Glenn D. Steele,
    Clancy, MD               President               Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
    CEO                      American Standard       President and CEO
    Oklahoma University      Development Company     Geisenger Health System
     Medical Center


    John McAdam              Tod Loofbourrow         Steve Papermaster
    President and CEO        Chairman                Chairman
    F5 Networks              Authoria                Powershift Ventures


    Amar Singh               Daniel J. Finnigan      John Muleta
    CEO                      CEO                     CEO
    Amitive, Inc.            Jobvite, Inc.           M2Z Networks


    Bill McDermott           Reed Hastings           Marc Benioff
    President                CEO                     Chairman and CEO
    SAP                      NetFlix, Inc.           Salesforce.com


    Dr. Rodney F.            Sue Dark                LeRoy D. Nosbaum
     Hochman                 CEO                     Chairman and CEO
    CEO                      DeepNines Technology,   Itron, Inc.
    Swedish Medical          Inc.
     Center


    Kevin Walker             Jeffrey A. Romoff       Robert W. Pullen
    President and CEO        President and CEO       President & CEO
    Simple Tuition Inc.      University of           Tellabs, Inc.
                              Pittsburg
                              Medical Center


    Gary B. Smith            H. Edward Hanway        Rick Kearney
    President and CEO        Chairman and CEO        President and CEO
    Ciena                    CIGNA Corporation       Mainline Information
                                                     Systems


    Steve Rosenbaum          Jim Owens               Dirk Meyer
    President and CEO        Chairman & CEO          President & CEO
    Pop Art, Inc.            Caterpillar Inc.        AMD



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