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 Wins an Important Vote on Computer Exports

(Washington, DC) — Following today’s U.S. Senate floor vote on the Grams-Boxer amendment to the Department of Defense (DoD) Authorization Bill,CCIA Vice President and General Counsel John Scheibel called the final 72-27 tally a “resounding victory” toward maintaining the important decontrols on high speed computers in place since 1995. The Grams-Boxer amendment substituted for the Cochran-Durbin…

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CCIA Says Administration’s E-Commerce Policy Recommendations Fall Short on Critical Internet Issues

(Washington, DC) — At today’s release of the Clinton Administration’s Framework for Global Electronic Commerce, Ed Black, President of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) called the report a “visionary effort” but one which is “seriously flawed” in how it addresses encryption and copyright liability for Internet Service Providers. “By commissioning such a noteworthy analysis of…

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CCIA Says Administration's E-Commerce Policy Recommendations Fall Short on Critical Internet Issues

(Washington, DC) — At today’s release of the Clinton Administration’s Framework for Global Electronic Commerce, Ed Black, President of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) called the report a “visionary effort” but one which is “seriously flawed” in how it addresses encryption and copyright liability for Internet Service Providers. “By commissioning such a noteworthy analysis of…

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CCIA Says Administration's E-Commerce Policy Recommendations Fall Short on Critical Internet Issues

(Washington, DC) — At today’s release of the Clinton Administration’s Framework for Global Electronic Commerce, Ed Black, President of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) called the report a “visionary effort” but one which is “seriously flawed” in how it addresses encryption and copyright liability for Internet Service Providers. “By commissioning such a noteworthy analysis of…

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CCIA Says Administration’s E-Commerce Policy Recommendations Fall Short on Critical Internet Issues

(Washington, DC) — At today’s release of the Clinton Administration’s Framework for Global Electronic Commerce, Ed Black, President of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) called the report a “visionary effort” but one which is “seriously flawed” in how it addresses encryption and copyright liability for Internet Service Providers. “By commissioning such a noteworthy analysis of…

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Delay of Tax-Free Internet Bill Poses Significant Threat to Future of Electronic Commerce

(Washington, DC) — CCIA Executive Vice President Glenn Davidson is today expressing the Association’s disappointment that progress on the “Internet Tax Freedom Act” (S. 442) has been derailed. “This is not simply an issue of states’ rights. The full development of the Internet as a legitimate marketplace is at stake. If state and local governments are free…

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