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 Sees Little Advantage in Bank Exception to Encryption Policy

(Washington, DC) — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) sees little advantage in today’s announcement that the Clinton Administration is allowing unlimited export of encryption for certain banking transactions. “We have advocated for years the dangers of the various Clipper chip/key escrow/key recovery proposals to the future of electronic commerce and the security of…

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CCIA Urges Strong U.S.-China Trade Ties As Deadline for Renewing MFN Draws Near

(Washington, D.C.) The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) today urged President Clinton to maintain strong commercial relations with China and not give in to pressures to renew China’s Most-Favored-Nation status for less than one full year. In a letter to President Clinton, CCIA President Ed Black writes, “CCIA applauds this Administration’s policy of engagement…

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CCIA Applauds Subcommittee Passage of Encryption Bill

(Washington, DC) — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) applauds the passage of HR 695, the “Security and Freedom through Encryption (SAFE) Act” by the House Judiciary’s Courts and Intellectual Property Subcommittee. “By passing the Goodlatte-Lofgren encryption bill, the subcommittee has cast a vote in favor of protecting the privacy of communications on the…

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CCIA Criticizes Digital Spectrum Give-Away

(Washington, DC) — Following today’s Federal Communications Commission vote to release digital spectrum to the Nation’s television broadcasters for free, Glenn Davidson, Executive Vice President of CCIA made the following statement: “This is bad policy. Not only does it cheat American taxpayers by giving away a prime and finite natural resource to businesses, it will…

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CCIA ENDORSES LEGISLATION TO PREVENT DIGITAL SPECTRUM GIVE-AWAY

(Washington, DC) – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) today endorsed the “Law Enforcement and Public Safety Telecommunications Empowerment Act” as introduced by Senator John McCain (R-AZ), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The legislation opposes the imminent move by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to give prime digital spectrum…

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