Electronic commerce, the Internet and computing promise new opportunities for businesses and services.  Unfortunately, Federal and State governments sometimes view the Internet and electronic commerce as a new platform for government-provided products and services for consumers in direct competition with private sector market participants.  These e-commerce ambitions by government entities are separate and distinct from e-government initiatives to digitize and modernize traditional governmental functions.

CCIA’s View:

CCIA views government efforts to launch competitive e-commerce initiatives with great trepidation. While we support government efforts to modernize operations, improve taxpayer services and utilize the tools and technologies of the Information Age, we cannot support the government as a competitor in commercial markets.  Such activity is antithetical to a successful free market and unfair to American taxpayers and shareholders of private businesses, who are forced to compete with publicly-funded government entities.

CCIA believes that the government injecting itself into the competitive software industry market with the goal of replacing private financial services will have new and far-reaching impacts, such as destabilizing competition, private investment and innovation.  The important goals of tax simplification and tax reform can be achieved without unnecessarily inserting the federal government into a new economic role currently played by the private technology sector.  Reduction of taxpayer burden can be achieved by non-monetary partnering with the private sector (through initiatives like the Free File Alliance) without reducing the essential citizen-centric and decentralized character of the U.S. voluntary compliance tax system.

Most Recent Statements&Findings:

CCIA Welcomes New Hires In Brussels and DC Offices

Washington/Brussels, BELGIUM  — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is announcing new hires for both its DC and Brussels offices. Kayvan Hazemi-Jebelli (Kay) joins the Brussels team as Competition & Regulatory Counsel. Vann Bentley joins CCIA’s  Washington office as Policy Counsel, focusing on issues including artificial intelligence and telecommunications policy.  Kay is a competition lawyer…

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FTC Wins Legal Case Against Qualcomm; CCIA Brief Supported FTC

Washington — The FTC has won its legal case against Qualcomm. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California found that Qualcomm’s licensing approach was anticompetitive.  Judge Koh’s order requires Qualcomm to license standard essential patents to other competitors, bars them from threatening to cut off chip supply, and bars them from requiring…

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CCIA Files ITC Comments Asking It Not To Ban iPhones In Response To Qualcomm Patent Dispute

Washington — As Qualcomm pressures the International Trade Commission to block some iPhones over a questionable patent dispute, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments today saying Administrative Law Judge Pender was right that such action is not in the public interest. CCIA said that if the ITC issued an order barring the import…

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