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:

Does Competition Law Need an Update for Online Markets? Hot Topics, Trends and Perspectives in Competition Policy

On November 30, CCIA, the European Competition and Regulatory Law Review (CoRe) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will host a joint conference discussing some of today’s most frequently asked questions: Does competition law enforcement require an update for online markets? How well does enforcement work in internet markets and is there a need to get better at factoring…

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CCIA Asks FCC To Enforce Its Own Law And Block Sinclair Media Takeover

Washington — As the FCC appears poised to override historic rules preventing one company from dominating news coverage on the public airwaves, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments asking the FCC to enforce its own law and block the Sinclair merger. Ordinarily, according to FCC rules, Sinclair’s proposed takeover of Tribune would be…

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CCIA Agrees FTC Does Not Have Authority To Protect The Open Internet

Washington – Members of Congress heard from past and current FTC and FCC officials today, including FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny, about how the FTC’s jurisdiction would fall short of being able to protect the Open internet using antitrust law. McSweeny testified before the House Judiciary Committee, weeks ahead of a potential FCC vote to rescind…

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Simons Nominated To Lead FTC

Washington — The administration has announced two nominees to fill out the Federal Trade Commission — DC antitrust attorney Joe Simons to lead the FTC and Rohit Chopra to fill the Democratic slot. President Trump’s spokeswoman confirmed that Senator Cornyn’s chief counsel Noah Phillips is expected to be the third nominee. The FTC has been…

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