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 Advocate General Opinion on Validity of EU Data Flow Instrument

Brussels, BELGIUM — Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe has issued a non-binding opinion in response to a case involving data transfers that are used to process information like credit card transactions or insurance claims. The case examined whether so-called Standard Contractual Clauses provide sufficient protection to EU citizens’ data when transferred outside the European Union. Standard…

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New Research Find That The Internet Boosts Growth For Legacy Music Industry

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association released a white paper that compiles various studies and data showing digital distribution helped grow profits for artists and companies. Senior Manager for CCIA Europe Victoria de Posson, who authored the paper, said that statistics on online subscription and revenue growth show online distribution is providing…

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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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