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:

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves JCPA

Washington – The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved S. 673, the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, after a new amendment was adopted during the markup Thursday. This follows partisan disagreement over the controversial legislation, which proposes to exempt some news media outlets from antitrust laws and encourages the formation of a news cartel. Unfortunately the…

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CCIA Statement On Senate Bill That Would Change Antitrust Laws For News Organizations

Washington — Legislation to exempt some news media outlets from antitrust laws against collusion known as the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act is scheduled to be marked up by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association has defended competition in the marketplace for 50 years and fought media consolidation and mergers…

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CCIA Files Comments On South African Online Platforms Market Report

Washington – South Africa’s Competition Commission has requested comments on its provisional report on Online Intermediation Platforms, which expresses concern about how particular features of online platforms could impede competition. The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered comments today, explaining the benefits of various business models and services behind online intermediation platforms as well as…

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New Research Reveals Strong Price Competition Between Online and Offline Sales Channels

Washington – A new economic study by the Brattle Group finds strong evidence on the dynamic competitive relationship between online and brick-and-mortar retail sales channels: both channels fiercely compete on price, with offline sales channels often directing price trends. The Brattle study uses data from NPD to analyze nation-wide online and offline prices and volumes…

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CCIA Launches Research Center to Provide a One-Stop-Shop Resource for Data & Analytics on the Connected Economy

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association is pleased to announce the launch of the CCIA Research Center, the longest-running tech trade association’s newest arm and a source for the most up-to-date data and analytics on the connected economy. CCIA has advocated for empirically-grounded policy that advances competition and innovation for 50 years and…

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