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 Criticizes FBI Interference with NTT-Verio Deal

Washington, DC- The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), criticized the FBI’s use of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process to further other, unrelated policy goals in reviewing the sale of Verio Inc. to NTT America. Those policy goals may include exerting pressure on the Japanese government to lower interconnection…

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CCIA concerned about government’s expanding role in e-commerce

Letter sent to Administration asks for reevaluation of current government plans   Washington, DC- The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), along with the American Electronics Association (AEA) and the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), sent a letter to the Administration that expressed concern regarding the developing trend of governments’ role in electronic commerce.…

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CCIA supports Congressional efforts to address issue of government e-commerce contributing to abuse of privacy

CCIA in conjunction with two other associations sends letter of support Washington, DC- The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) sent a letter in conjunction with the American Electronics Association (AEA) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), to House Majority Leader Richard Armey, Congressman Billy Tauzin and Congressman Bob Goodlatte in support of…

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Statement of Ed Black, President and CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry Association on Judge Jackson’s ruling in favor of government’s motion to expedite U.S. v. Microsoft appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court

Washington, DC- We are very pleased that Judge Jackson has supported the request of the Justice Department and State Attorneys General to expedite Microsoft’s appeal of his ruling to the Supreme Court. Inexplicably, and in contradiction of their own previous statements to the Court, Microsoft now maintains that this case is not “of general public…

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