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: Contract Bundling Impediment to Full and Open Competition

Washington, DC – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) today submitted comments to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) describing the potential competitive barriers created by contract bundling when used for Federal procurement. CCIA submitted its views in response to President Bush’s call for comments from affected industries and individuals describing how contract…

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HIGH TECH STUDY: NEW STRATEGY NEEDED TO SAVE UK ELECTRONIC TAX SERVICES

London, Wednesday, June 26, 2002 – The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) today released a study on the future of E-Government in the United Kingdom. The new public policy analysis calls for reconsideration of the current “Electronic Government” strategy as a result of continuing failures in the government’s online Internet-based systems, where public agencies have utilized…

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CCIA Applauds Decision to Retain Joint DoJ-FTC Merger Review Jurisdiction

Washington, DC – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) today applauded the Justice Department’s decision to scuttle an agreement that would have granted it sole authority to review most mergers within the information-technology industry. The Department’s retreat followed months of criticism of its decision to withdrawal from the Microsoft antitrust proceeding. Nine states formerly…

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CCIA Opposes Online Personal Privacy Act

Washington, DC – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) today announced its strong opposition S. 2201, the Online Personal Privacy Act. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is expected to consider this legislation tomorrow. “We believe that this legislation will cause great harm to the Internet and electronic commerce,” said Ed Black,…

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