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 Recommendations for Achieving an Effective and Proportionate Digital Markets Act

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association published its position paper Thursday on the EU Digital Markets Act (DMA). The DMA proposal of 15 December 2020 is currently being discussed and amended by the EU Member States and the European Parliament. CCIA supports the objectives of the DMA proposal. The position paper provides…

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New CCIA Paper: National Initiatives Risk Undermining the EU Digital Single Market

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) shared its recommendations on the EU Digital Services Act (DSA) proposal. The DSA proposal was presented by the European Commission in December 2020. CCIA called the DSA proposal “an opportunity to create a better functioning EU Digital Single Market, provide clarity on everyone’s responsibilities, and…

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CCIA Welcomes New Momentum towards Global Tax Reform at G20 Finance Ministers Meeting

Brussels, BELGIUM — A meeting of G20 Finance Ministers today showed strong signs of broad support for reaching an agreement this year on global tax reforms through the OECD  negotiations. This was the first meeting with incoming U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who stated the U.S. “was committed to the multilateral discussions on both pillars…

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Economist, State Director Join CCIA

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomed two new staffers this week. Trevor Wagener is the Director of Research and Economics and Alyssa Doom is the State Policy Director.   Wagener will oversee economic and policy research and do outreach with policymakers and the public on relevant empirical findings.  Before joining CCIA Wagener was…

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CCIA Comments Ahead of House Antitrust Subcommittee Hearing This Week

Washington — House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline resumes his attack on the tech industry this week with a hearing Thursday. The Committee held numerous hearings during the last Congress to build support for additional regulation, with Computer & Communications Industry Association President Matt Schruers as one of the witnesses at the lead-off hearing.…

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