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 Voices Support for Tax-Free Internet Bill As Vote Nears

(Washington, DC) — On the eve of tomorrow’s scheduled vote before the Senate Commerce Committee, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) stated its unyielding support for the “Internet Tax Freedom Act” (S. 442). The measure sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Congressman Christopher Cox (R-CA) would establish a national policy against state and local government…

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CCIA: "Don't Turn Back the Clock on Computer Exports"

(Washington, DC) — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) is urging members of Congress to vote against an amendment proposed by Representatives Floyd Spence (R-SC) and Ron Dellums (D-CA) which would reimpose export controls on high performance computers. The amendment, to be added to the Defense Authorization Act, would reverse, at least partially, the important decontrols…

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CCIA: “Don’t Turn Back the Clock on Computer Exports”

(Washington, DC) — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) is urging members of Congress to vote against an amendment proposed by Representatives Floyd Spence (R-SC) and Ron Dellums (D-CA) which would reimpose export controls on high performance computers. The amendment, to be added to the Defense Authorization Act, would reverse, at least partially, the important decontrols…

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CCIA Questions Quick Action On New Encryption Bill

(Washington, DC) — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) is strongly urging Senate Commerce Committe Chairman John McCain to briefly postpone a scheduled mark-up this Thursday of the “Secure Public Networks Act of 1997” (S. 909), so that proper consideration can be given to the measure. “The complexity of the encryption issue, both legally and technologically,…

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At CCIA's Washington Caucus:

Senator Hatch Considers the Prospects of a Compromise Encryption Bill;   Congressman Dingell to Draft an Amendment to Slow the Spectrum Auction Process(Washington, DC) — Senate Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT)wants a resolution to the debate over encryption and export controls. In remarks this week to the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s Washington Caucus, Hatch said he may…

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