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:

Economic Study Estimates Cost of Online Platform and Marketplace Regulation at $300 Billion

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Senate Introduces Bill To Change Antitrust Rules For Select Companies

Washington — Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar has introduced major legislation that would change the rules governing antitrust regulation for the first time in more than 50 years.  The Senate proposal, like the House companion, would make sectoral changes to enforcement in the technology industry and targets specific U.S. technology companies.  The Computer & Communications…

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New Study Shows Microsoft Holds 85% Market Share in U.S. Public Sector Productivity Software

Washington — A new study conducted by Omdia has found Microsoft’s share in the U.S. government office productivity software market to be approximately 85 percent, more than seven times the share of the next largest competitor. The research report outlines a number of consequences to the U.S. government’s overreliance on a single vendor, including higher…

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CCIA Requests Hearing on Senate Antitrust Venue Bill Ahead of Markup

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association sent a letter today asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on S. 1787, State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act of 2021. Antitrust litigation often involves multiple states which, absent the possibility to centralize under one venue, would risk having balkanized antitrust judgments with multiple and…

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