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 Launches Website To Promote Consumer Choice of TV Interface Devices

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association has supported disruptive competition and innovation for more than 40 years. Today it launched a website, ConsumerTVChoice.net, to promote competition and choice in the so-called TV set-top box marketplace. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has supported Congress’s renewal of Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, which…

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CCIA Supports STELA, But Not Anti-competitive Amendment On TV Set Top Boxes

Washington – The House Energy & Commerce Communications subcommittee will hold a hearing today to consider legislation from its chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., that would reauthorize a law setting the rules for satellite subscribers to access broadcast television. The Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act expires at the end of this year. While there…

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Chairwoman Ramirez Speaks at CCIA’s Panel on PAEs and Anticompetitive Behavior

Yesterday, CCIA and The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) hosted an event titled “Competition Law & Patent Assertion Entities: What Antitrust Enforcers can do.”  The keynote speaker was FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, who began the event by highlighting problems with PAEs, and suggesting that the FTC might soon engage in a 6(b) study to determine the effects of…

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Chairwoman Ramirez Speaks at CCIA's Panel on PAEs and Anticompetitive Behavior

Yesterday, CCIA and The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) hosted an event titled “Competition Law & Patent Assertion Entities: What Antitrust Enforcers can do.”  The keynote speaker was FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, who began the event by highlighting problems with PAEs, and suggesting that the FTC might soon engage in a 6(b) study to determine the effects of…

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