http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=569&ncid=738&e=1&u=/nm/20040107/tc_nm/tech_ceos_dc NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top executives from technology companies, facing criticism for moving jobs to low-cost centers such as India and China, said on Wednesday that the United States needs to boost education and offer more tax breaks to compete in the global job market. Such heavy-hitters as Intel Chief Executive Officer Craig Barrett and Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive officer Carly Fiorina spoke on Wednesday at a Washington DC computer industry lobbying group roundtable with the media. The technology companies also issued a report to lay out policies to keep a strong tech job market in the United States. "America can only grow jobs and improve its competitiveness by choosing to compete globally, and that will require renewed focus on innovation, education and investment," said Barrett. The lobbying group, which also includes International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM - news) and Dell Inc. (NasdaqELL - news), pushes for policymakers to support the industry by boosting high-speed Internet use and putting favorable trade policies in place, among other things. While the group's appeals were not much different than usual, it is now tying its message to the fate of the U.S. technology workforce, which is fearful of losing jobs to cheaper overseas labor. Jobs in computer services and customer call centers have been moved to countries such as India and China by most large tech companies, including IBM. "We can either choose to compete with the rising powers of China and India and other would-be economic leaders and take advantage of worldwide business opportunities or we could retreat," said Bruce Mehlman, executive director of the lobbying group, called the Computer Systems Policy Project. One analyst said that the group's message would not be lost in an election year, in which jobs moving overseas could become a hot-button issue. "Right now there are eight to 10 million technology-related votes out there, that's a pretty big portion of the populace," said Meta Group analyst Howard Rubin. "This is a block of voters that no one has been paying attention to." While their proposals are largely the same, adding the outsourcing of jobs overseas brings new attention to them, he said. "If around these policies they are proposing they've had an agenda, well yeah, this issue brings new light to that agenda. But it would be nice if people were to think about what the right thing to do is at this time," Rubin said. In the report released on Wednesday, the group said that the U.S. needs to set goals for the deployment of high-speed Internet technology, put in place a permanent research and development tax credit, and fund University-based research in the physical sciences, among other things. The report, called "Choose to Compete: How Innovation, Investment and Productivity Can Grow U.S. Jobs and Ensure American Competitiveness in the 21st Century," also calls for a change in the depreciation of technology assets, a permanent tax moratorium on Internet access and changes in international income tax rules.