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: Outcome of Microsoft Discussion Is No Surprise

Talks Justify Network Market Remedies   Washington, D.C., March 31, 1999 – Following yesterday’s Washington meeting of the major players in the government’s landmark antitrust case against Microsoft Corporation, Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) President and CEO Ed Black issued the following statement: “We are not surprised by the outcome of yesterday’s discussions and the…

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CCIA Endorses Critical Encryption Legislation

Washington, D.C., March 29, 1999 – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) last week endorsed encryption legislation, the Security and Freedom Through Encryption, (SAFE) Act, that would provide significant export relief to both generally available and custom-designed computer software and hardware products. In a letter to Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Henry Hyde, CCIA…

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CCIA Urges Subcommittee to Preserve Access to Databases

Washington, D.C., March 17, 1999 – Calling on Congress to avoid imposing restrictions on compilations of information available to the public, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) today submitted testimony to the U.S. House Judiciary Courts and Intellectual Property Subcommittee, opposing the database legislation being considered.  CCIA urged the panel to move cautiously and to ensure that factual…

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Jason Mahler Named CCIA Vice President and General Counsel

Washington, D.C., March 15, 1999 – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) today announced that Jason M. Mahler has joined the trade group as vice president and general counsel. CCIA is an international, nonprofit alliance of computer and communications firms. Its membership includes CEOs and senior executives representing, among other businesses, computer equipment manufacturers, software…

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