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:

Senate Judiciary Advances Measure To Give Government Greater Control Over Online Content, Opens Risks For Online Security Through Patchwork Of State Laws

Washington — The Senate Judiciary Committee took a step toward approving legislation, S. 3398, the “Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies” (EARNIT) Act, which would weaken the law companies rely upon to address objectionable activity online, commonly referred to as Section 230. In March, when the bill was introduced, the Computer & Communications…

Read more

CCIA Reacts To UK Competition and Market Authority’s Final Report On Online Platforms And Digital Advertising

Brussels, BELGIUM — The UK Competition and Markets Authority today published its final report on online platforms and digital advertising. The CMA’s recommendations would grant far-reaching powers to a new digital regulator to impose company-specific regulations, force product design changes, redistribute assets, and order the breakup of platforms. The Computer & Communications Industry Association encourages…

Read more

CCIA Celebrates Effective Date of USMCA

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes today’s effective date of the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). USMCA sets the standard for U.S. trade agreements in the 21st century. Robust rules in the agreement will bring North American commerce into the digital age and will enhance the growth of the Internet economy and…

Read more

CCIA Provides Input to the EU’s Future Proposals on the Digital Services Act and Competition Tools

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the opportunity to respond to the European Commission’s calls for feedback on its future Digital Services Act (internal market rules and ex-ante measures) and proposal for new competition tools. The European Commission is expected to present legislative proposals before the end of the year. CCIA…

Read more

CCIA Raises Privacy and Security Concerns Regarding Brazil’s Proposed ‘Fake News’ Law

Washington — The Senate of Brazil is likely to soon consider Bill number 630/2020, the “Fake News Law” ostensibly aimed at combating online disinformation. Recent amendments to this legislation have raised significant privacy and security concerns among Brazilian experts and pose risks to citizens and organizations doing business in Brazil. Requirements include the expansive collection…

Read more