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:

Statement of Ed Black, President and CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry Association on Judge Jackson’s ruling in U.S. v. Microsoft

Washington, DC- Judge Jackson has wisely and prudently taken action to restore competition to our industry and to reinstate the forces of the free market to guide innovation, pricing, and economic success, rather than the will of a powerful and abusive monopolist. We commend Judge Jackson for the fairness and skill with which he has…

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Statement of Ed Black, President and CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry Association on Judge Jackson's ruling in U.S. v. Microsoft

Washington, DC- Judge Jackson has wisely and prudently taken action to restore competition to our industry and to reinstate the forces of the free market to guide innovation, pricing, and economic success, rather than the will of a powerful and abusive monopolist. We commend Judge Jackson for the fairness and skill with which he has…

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CCIA SUPPORTS FCC APPROVAL OF ACCESS CHARGE DECISION

Washington, DC- The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) had advocated to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it approve the proposal submitted by the Coalition of Affordable Local and Long Distance Service (CALLS) concerning access charges. In light of the FCC’s adoption of this proposal CCIA President/CEO Ed Black stated, “this is something that…

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