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 Endorses Boucher-Campbell Digital Copyright Bill

(Washington, DC) — John Scheibel, Vice President and General Counsel of the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) is pleased to announce the association’s support of HR 3048, the Digital Era Copyright Enhancement Act introduced by Reps. Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Tom Campbell (R- CA). “The Boucher-Campbell bill paves the road to the 21st century. In a…

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CCIA's BLACK TESTIFIES ON INDUSTRY COMPETITION AND ANTI-COMPETITIVE PRACTICES BEFORE THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

(Washington, DC) — Citing the importance of maintaining healthy competition within the computer and communications industry to inspire innovation and provide consumers with choices, Ed Black, President of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), today urged lawmakers and regulators to continue monitoring competition and remain ever vigilant in the prosecution of anticompetitive behaviors. In testimony…

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CCIA’s BLACK TESTIFIES ON INDUSTRY COMPETITION AND ANTI-COMPETITIVE PRACTICES BEFORE THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

(Washington, DC) — Citing the importance of maintaining healthy competition within the computer and communications industry to inspire innovation and provide consumers with choices, Ed Black, President of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), today urged lawmakers and regulators to continue monitoring competition and remain ever vigilant in the prosecution of anticompetitive behaviors. In testimony…

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CCIA Finds Significant Omissions In Report Of Critical Infrastructure Commission

Industry Should Be Concerned More About What The Commission Didn’t Say, Than What It Did(Washington, DC) — “The Commission’s vague recommendations and perceived infrastructure threat give me great cause for alarm,” said Glenn K. Davidson, executive vice president of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA). “It makes me think the government wishes to make wholesale…

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CCIA: Justice Contempt Action Against Microsoft is Justified and Necessary

(Washington, DC) — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) applauds the U. S. Justice Department for identifying anti-competitive practices within the computer and communications industry and taking steps to end some of them. In this case, Justice has targeted Microsoft for requiring personal computer manufacturers to license and distribute its Internet browser, Internet Explorer — along…

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CCIA Endorses Ashcroft Digital Copyright Bill

(Washington, DC) — Ed Black, President of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) today pledged his support of S.1146, the “Digital Copyright and Technology Education Act” introduced by Senator John Ashcroft(R-MO). “Senator Ashcrosft’s bill pave the road to the 21st century. In a single piece of legislation he has managed to protect transmission of information on…

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