Transition Watch: Industry gains seen in Obama's tech plans

Based on statements he made during the presidential campaign, President-elect Barack Obama's technology plans could be relatively beneficial for U.S. information technology companies, according to a Standard & Poor's survey as reported in Business Week magazine.

Obama vowed to "ensure an open Internet, create a transparent and connected democracy, encourage a modern communications infrastructure, improve America's competitiveness, and employ science and technology to solve our nation's most pressing problems," the survey reported.

His plans include making the research and development tax credit permanent; reforming immigration rules to let U.S. companies hire and retain workers more easily; increasing broadband access to individuals and to schools, libraries and hospitals; putting more government information online with better access; and promoting electronic medical records, among other goals.

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