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 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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Black Joins in Plea to President for Modernized Computer Export Controls

Washington, D.C., March 16, 1999 – Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) President and CEO Ed Black has joined 14 computer industry executives in calling upon President Bill Clinton to take a leadership initiative in updating the export control thresholds for computer exports. “Export control policies need to both promote U.S. national security and maintain U.S.…

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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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CCIA Urges FCC to Expedite Licensing of Japan-U.S. Cable

Washington, D.C., March 4, 1999 – Citing the potential for harm to telecommunications carriers and consumers, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject anti-competitive efforts to delay licensing a new, trans-Pacific telecommunications cable that would increase bandwidth and improve carrier services significantly. In a letter to…

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Laura Head Named CCIA Communications, Industry Relations Director

Washington, D.C., February 5, 1999 – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has named Laura E. Head director of communications and industry relations.  CCIA is an international, nonprofit alliance of computer and communications firms. In her new role as CCIA’s primary media contact and industry liaison, Head will participate in guiding the association’s strategic course…

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CCIA President Says Microsoft Claim of Linux Threat is “Bogus”

Washington, D.C., February 2, 1999 – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) today scoffed at Microsoft executives for testifying in the software company’s antitrust trial that the Linux open-source operating system poses a short-term threat to Microsoft’s product line. “Saying that Linux is a competitive threat to Microsoft Windows is like saying that Cuba is…

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