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 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 Signs Joint OTI Letter Supporting Encryption

Washington — A day before a Senate Judiciary hearing on encryption, the Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 100 other organizations from around the world in a New America Open Technologies Institute letter  to officials in Australia, the U.S. and U.K expressing concern about their misconceptions about encryption.  CCIA, which represents device makers, internet services…

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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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CCIA Welcomes the European Parliament’s Confirmation Vote on New European Commission

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today the European Parliament formally approved the new European Commissioners. The new Commission, led by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, will take office on December 1 for a five year term. The Computer & Communications Industry Association recently offered recommendations on how technology can help solve Europe’s major societal challenges. The…

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Industry Raises Concerns with Canadian Digital Tax Plans

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 14 other associations in sending a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative expressing concerns with Canada’s announced plans to pursue a digital services tax.  U.S. officials should discourage Canada from pursuing a unilateral digital tax, and instead continue to work within ongoing multilateral discussions regarding necessary…

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