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 Welcomes House Vote on USMCA

Washington – The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation implementing the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement into U.S. law. The Senate is expected to vote on the legislation in the new year. The Computer & Communications Industry Association applauds passage of the USMCA in the House and commends the bipartisan efforts to update the agreement for…

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CCIA Welcomes Agreement on USMCA

Washington — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced an agreement was reached with the U.S. Trade Representative to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and bring the trade agreement to a vote.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association has advocated for open markets and free trade since 1972 and had engaged in advocacy…

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CCIA Welcomes USTR Conclusion that French Digital Tax Discriminates Against U.S. Tech

Washington — The United States Trade Representative announced the findings of the first stage of its investigation into France’s Digital Services Tax under Section 301 of the Trade Act. The report concludes that the DST “discriminates against U.S. companies, is inconsistent with prevailing principles of international tax policy, and is unusually burdensome for affected U.S.…

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