The Information Technology Industry Council's (ITI) executive committee decided on Monday to suspend its discussions with TechNet about merging their trade associations into one unified tech trade organization.
The vote marks the end of the merger talks between ITI and TechNet for the foreseeable future.
In an interview, ITI President Dean Garfield said the driving force behind the executive committee's decision "is the loaded agenda for 2013 and the desire to focus our energy as much as possible on making sure the voice of the tech sector is heard next year." He said the talks "won't necessarily pick up again in the near term," but noted that ITI still has "a strong interest in continuing to work with TechNet" on policy issues that are critical to the tech community.
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