The administration has characterized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement as “an ambitious, next-generation, Asia-Pacific trade agreement.” It is being negotiated with Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru Singapore and Vietnam — with Canada and Mexico as set to join.

CCIA’s View:

CCIA supports the speedy completion of a high-quality “21st century” Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. A 21st-century agreement will contain provisions that permit the smooth functioning of the industry of the 21st century — the Internet. The Internet is visibly revolutionizing the way businesses — including small and medium enterprises — function. Without a smoothly functioning Internet, the negotiated provisions of TPP will not yield the desired gains for TPP citizens.

First, TPP must include balanced intellectual property rules. An intellectual property regime can allow technological progress only if it appropriately balances the competing interests between encouraging investment and enabling information access. Because the international trade regime has generally lacked flexible IP provisionis to promote innovation, it is necessary to modernize the IP provisions of the aging trade framework to be consistent with Internet and high-technology innovation.

Second, TPP should promote the free flow of information online, recognizing that blocking bits at the border is as much as affront to international free trade as blocking physical goods. The ability of U.S. businesses to operate effectively on a global scale depends fundamentally on open information flows. When foreign governments block online information, when businesses are impeded for using the Internet to reach international markets, when secure corporate communications are not assured, the collateral damage is done to U.S. exports and U.S. jobs.

Most Recent Statements&Findings:

CCIA Hails TPA Provisions on Digital Trade; Applauds Congressional Committees’ Commitment to Balanced Copyright in Trade Promotion Reports

Washington — As the Senate moves to consider Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, the Finance Committee released a report today, explaining the legislation which gives the President authority to negotiate trade deals without additional tweaks from Congress.  In addition to acknowledging the importance of digital commerce, today’s Senate Report and the House of Representatives’ TPA…

Read more

House Approves Surveillance Reform Measures By Wide Margin

Washington — The House of Representatives has passed the USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048) by an emphatic 338-88 vote.  The Act would limit the government’s surveillance abilities by eliminating bulk metadata collection across a range of authorities and institute improved transparency and oversight mechanisms for other surveillance practices.  The Senate is expected to take up…

Read more

CCIA Calls On Congress To Pass Surveillance Reforms After Court Finds Bulk Metadata Collection Illegal

Washington — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Thursday that the NSA’s bulk collection of phone and other records was never authorized under section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.  The intelligence community has argued for the legality of their intelligence gathering practices since well before the first Snowden revelations about the extent…

Read more

European Commission Releases Digital Single Market Strategy: The Good and The Bad

[Ed. Note: This piece originally appeared on CCIA’s Project DisCo blog] The European Commission has today released its new Digital Single Market Strategy. The objectives of the strategy sit within the wider political context: helping to restore a limp European economy to growth, whilst maintaining an effective welfare state and public services. Will this strategy help to deliver the…

Read more

Europe’s Digital Strategy Must Enable Internet Innovation

Brussels – The European Commission today announced its determination to achieve the bold and necessary goal of creating a single European-wide digital market by stripping away unnecessary national rules. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) applauds the European Commission’s stated intention of growing Europe’s economy and embracing the Internet opportunity. However, it cautions…

Read more