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 Comments Filed To US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Call China Censorship A Trade Barrier

The Computer & Communications Industry Association submitted its agenda suggestions for the 2009 U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meeting this fall. CCIA asked the JCCT to address China’s Internet censorship tactics, including the latest move to require censorship software, as a trade barrier. The following quote can be attributed to CCIA President &…

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CCIA Denounces China’s Move To Require Censorship Software

China plans to require personal computers sold there after July 1 to include software that blocks access to pornography and other “unhealthy” websites, according to various news reports. The following statement in response can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black: “This sweeping new requirement would give a regime…

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CCIA Expresses Concerns About ‘Buy American’ Provisions In Stimulus Bill In Letter To House, Senate Leaders

As the Senate now considers the economic stimulus legislation, a tech trade association is concerned that some well-intentioned “Buy American” provisions could have a negative economic impact. The Computer & Communications Industry Association sent a letter to House and Senate leaders Monday that explained our stance on free trade and our concerns about protectionism escalating…

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