Free and open markets have been a core principle of CCIA since it was founded more than 45 years ago. Trade advantages all nations, as they can focus on production of goods and services most suitable to their resources and workforce. The internet contributes to the majority of such services as digital services are increasingly integrated into manufacturing, agriculture, and other traditional U.S. sectors and as internet usage becomes increasingly cloud-based.

Digital trade is threatened by laws and regulations that hinder the further growth and cross-border delivery of Internet services. Internet companies currently face a number of digital trade barriers that include data and infrastructure localization mandates, filtering and blocking, conflicting rules on liability for intermediaries, imbalanced copyright laws, mandated access to secure technologies and weakening of encryption, discriminatory taxes that target the U.S. tech sector, and excessive export control regimes on high-tech products.

CCIA encourages countries to adopt regulatory and legal frameworks that lower barriers to trade and strengthen user trust in digital services. CCIA engages regularly with trade officials in the United States and the European Union and participates in regulatory reviews and public comment processes around the world.

Most Recent Statements & Filings:

CCIA In Leesburg To Monitor TPP Negotiations

Leesburg, Va. – As a round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership begins, public interest groups are joining members of Congress in their call for more transparency of the key nine-country trade agreement that’s being billed as the 21st Century Trade Agreement. Canada and Mexico are scheduled to join the next round of talks in December and the treaty is…

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CCIA Looks Forward To Action On Trade Agreements

The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the news that the Senate Finance Committee will finally move forward with a mock markup on the three pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Panama and Colombia.  The markup would also include an extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), a program that has long been an important…

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Latest Trade Hold Up — Lack Of Trust, Not Will

USTR Ron Kirk testified yesterday before the Senate Finance Committee on the President’s 2011 Trade Agenda and the three pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.Disagreement remains between the Obama Administration’s stated intent to submit the KORUS FTA to Congress first, and the position of Republican Senators like Sen. Hatch, R-Utah, and…

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