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 Testifies On Digital Trade At TTIP Hearing

The Computer & Communications Industry Association outlined growing threats and policies that curb digital trade in testimony at a USTR hosted hearing Wednesday afternoon on the US/EU’s free trade agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). CCIA noted that trade agreements have unfortunately not kept up with the thriving Internet industry and recommended the…

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IDEA, CCIA AND ICANN Co-Host Lunch For TISA Ambassadors, Private Sector Leaders In Geneva

Geneva – On May 15th, more than 40 leaders from the technology sector, international organisations and representatives of 15 of the countries participating in the Trade In Services (TISA) negotiations lunched together, co-hosted by CCIA, IDEA, and ICANN (represented by CEO Fadi Chehade and Board Chairman and Internet pioneer Steve Crocker amongst others). The purpose: to share perspectives on…

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CCIA Thanks Senators For Patent Reform Legislation

For too long problems with our patent system have been slowing innovation and costing companies millions of dollars a year in legal costs from companies whose main product is lawsuits. This week the Computer & Communications Industry Association has sent letters thanking two senators for their patent reform initiatives. CCIA applauded Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, for his…

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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Immigration Reform

A measure to improve access to highly skilled workers cleared a major hurdle as the Senate Judiciary Committee passed its immigration reform legislation Tuesday evening. Shortly before the overall vote, Senator Hatch offered an amendment to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act that would benefit highly skilled workers. The Computer & Communications Industry…

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EVENT: CCIA/IDEA Workshop Webcast from WSIS Forum

CCIA and IDEA invite you to join us on Thursday, May 16 at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum in Geneva, where we will be hosting a workshop on the economic dimensions of Internet governance. The workshop, which will run from 10:00am-12:00pm EST (6:00pm-8:00pm Geneva), will be broadcast on the web and includes a remote participation option.…

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Testimony On Future Of Video At Senate Hearing

Senate Commerce subcommittee chairman Mark Pryor opened his hearing on the Future of Video Tuesday saying Congress wants to update laws so that people can get the content they want and that it’s affordable.  The conversation quickly turned to a la carte channel pricing and sports team broadcasting and the frustration of fans and satellite and cable…

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