NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The dust has barely settled on last week's midterm elections but already, industry observers are weighing the implications for the tech sector.
From service providers such as ComCast (CMCSA) and AT&T (T) to security firms like Symantec (SYMC) and Sourcefire (FIRE), a shifted political climate in Washington could mean a new technology landscape.
Experts cite different tech priorities in the aftermath of the midterms. "The big one is the classification of broadband services," said Ron Gruia, principal analyst at tech research firm Frost & Sullivan. "Net neutrality is the centerpiece of Obama's broadband agenda."
"Probably the big three things are going to be alternative energy, [technology] jobs, and the trade balance," added Rob Enderle, principal analyst at research firm Enderle Group.The spotlight is certainly on U.S. trade this week, evidenced by President Obama's high-profile tour of Asia. Speaking in Mumbai on Monday, the president announced that the U.S. will be lifting controls on high-tech exports to India, which has its own booming technology sector. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh welcomed the decision, citing a growing level of trust and confidence between the two countries. China is also likely to be on the technology agenda over the next few years, seen as a lucrative export market as well as a growing economic rival. Read on for more about tech's top 5 political issues.
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