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 Comments Filed To US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Call China Censorship A Trade Barrier

The Computer & Communications Industry Association submitted its agenda suggestions for the 2009 U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meeting this fall. CCIA asked the JCCT to address China’s Internet censorship tactics, including the latest move to require censorship software, as a trade barrier. The following quote can be attributed to CCIA President &…

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CCIA Denounces China’s Move To Require Censorship Software

China plans to require personal computers sold there after July 1 to include software that blocks access to pornography and other “unhealthy” websites, according to various news reports. The following statement in response can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black: “This sweeping new requirement would give a regime…

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CCIA Outlines Priorities For National Broadband Plan

The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed its recommendations to the FCC today for developing a national broadband plan. The Administration’s attention to a holistic plan shows it understands that infrastructure for universal high speed Internet access is as crucial as access to electricity and telephone service were last century. “Affordable access to high-speed Internet…

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CCIA Applauds McDowell Re-Nomination as FCC Commissioner

The following statement is in response to President Obama’s announcement of his intent to nominate Robert M. McDowell, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission. It is attributed to Ed Black, the President and CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry Association: “Commissioner McDowell has a very impressive combination of private sector experience and public service accomplishments in…

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Supreme Court To Take Up Bilski Patent Case

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider what types of business methods should be patentable as it indicated it would take up the Bilski patent case today. The Computer & Communications Industry Association is pleased with the additional opportunity this provides for legal clarity. The following quotes can be attributed to Ed Black, CCIA President…

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