The House and Senate have both announced plans today to put off consideration of the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

The announcement follows record numbers of phone calls to Capitol Hill and millions of signatures on online petitions by Internet users after more than 7,000 websites went dark for a day to protest the Internet censorship that SOPA and PIPA would bring. The Computer & Communications Industry Association participated in the SOPA/PIPA website blackout.

In light of this legislative reset, the following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“Those who value and appreciate the Internet can breathe a little easier today.

“Millions of Internet users let it be known that their rights and use of the Internet should not be easily tampered with, and Congress has wisely signaled it has heard their concerns.

“We recognize that the dynamic quality of the Internet can be disruptive to established entities and practices, whether they be governments, companies, or individuals. When legitimate interests and problems result, we remain prepared to address those problems in ways that don’t damage the core principles on which the Internet depends.

“We hope that future efforts to calibrate the appropriate rights, roles and responsibilities of the many diverse stakeholders involved in the creation, distribution, and use of information and ideas will recognize that 19th and 20th century prescriptions need thoughtful revision for the new digital age.

“The Internet is a vibrant engine for innovation, ideas, freedom, and jobs, and we are committed to protecting it from those who would undermine its fundamental principles for parochial purposes. I believe all parties and stakeholders can work together to find solutions that advance shared values and realize the economic benefits of a free and open Internet.

“We congratulate citizens of the Internet for paying attention, getting engaged, taking action and making a difference at such a critical, historic moment.”

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