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:

CCIA Applauds Bipartisan Congressional Letter On USMCA

Washington — A group of 126 members of Congress, has sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressing concern with a provision in the implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The letter, organized by Congressman David Schweikert, Ariz.-06), Congressman Ron Kind, Wis.-03, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Ore-03, and Congressman Vern Buchanan, Fla-13,…

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CCIA Identifies Trade Barriers For Internet and Technology Services to USTR

Washington — U.S. Internet and technology services are facing rising trade barriers around the world this part year from long-standing allies. The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered USTR examples of these new pressing digital trade barriers as part of trade officials’ annual request for comments. USTR will issue its National Trade Estimates (NTE) report…

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