CCIA Releases Paper on Trade Barriers Internet, e-Commerce Companies Face

BY CCIA Staff
September 19, 2008

We’re releasing this paper today on trade barriers Internet and e-Commerce companies face as we approach OneWeb Day Monday, Sept. 22, which is a sort of “Earth Day” to look at the Internet, it’s health and future challenges to its openness.

Here is a statement from Ed Black, President & CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, about the paper and why we wanted to research this issue:

“Right now U.S. Internet and e-Commerce companies are being penalized by protectionist behavior abroad. Other countries are using the differences between U.S. Internet/e-Commerce law and their own laws to squash competition by U.S. entrepreneurs and protect their own domestic companies. The USTR should be addressing this, not rewarding these countries with trade agreements.”

The subject of Internet and e-commerce laws as a trade issue has been a growing topic of discussion. The USTR plans a hearing Monday, Sept. 22 on this and a coalition of tech and telecom companies, including CCIA, have sent comments on this issue to the USTR last week.

Click Here for Link to CCIA’s Comments to the USTR

Click Here for CCIA’s Paper on Internet Protectionism

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