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 Hails Pavlovich Decision

Decision Rejects Expansion of Jurisdiction on the Internet Washington, DC – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) today commended the California Supreme Court’s decision yesterday to deny jurisdiction in Pavlovich v. Superior Court (DVD CCA). The court determined that jurisdiction in California may not be based on the mere act of posting information on…

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CCIA Applauds Bach Decision

Washington, DC – A federal court ruling governing how Internet services providers must respond to search warrants will protect the rights of the public without imposing unnecessary burdens on Internet service providers, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) said today. The ruling from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an earlier decision by…

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CCIA Urges Action on Cybersecurity

Washington, DC – Unenforced procurement rules, insufficient guidelines and a lack of accountability hamper efforts to secure Federal computer networks from terrorists and other online criminals, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) said today. But fixing vulnerabilities in Federal networks, officials said, will help the security of all network users. CCIA, which represents a…

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CCIA Statement on Microsoft Trial Ruling

Washington, DC – The decision by Judge Kollar-Kotelly to not overturn the flimsy and inadequate remedy, which a newly elected and politically beholden Justice Department reached with Microsoft, is very disappointing and yet not totally surprising. Once the Justice Department, which started out as a diligent prosecutor of a lawbreaking monopolist, switched sides and became…

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