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 Senate Confirmation of Chairman, Four Commissioners to lead Federal Trade Commission

Washington — The U.S. Senate has confirmed unanimously the new chairman, Republican Joseph Simons, to lead the Federal Trade Commission.  The Senate has also confirmed four new Commissioners, Republicans Noah Phillips and Christine Wilson, and Democrats Rohit Chopra and Rebecca Slaughter to fill out the board.   The Computer & Communications Industry Association has promoted…

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CCIA Disrupts Its Disruptive Competition (DisCo) Blog With A Redesign

Washington — The Disruptive Competition (DisCo) blog that covers disruptive innovation and the policies that enable it  launched its new blog design today. The Computer & Communications Industry Association started its DisCo blog more than five years ago before tech competition issues were news headlines. Since then, the technology policy experts have written published posts…

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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

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