Congress Approves Russia Trade Measure With Internet Censorship Provisions

The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes House passage today of legislation extending permanent normal trade relations to the Russian Federation by a vote of 365-43.  In addition to removing application of the Jackson-Vanik amendment to Russia, the bill combines the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act addressing the issues of human rights violations…

CCIA Launches Patent Progress Blog

The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) is launching a new blog that will provide timely analysis on high tech patent news. Patent Progress will cover news on patent trolls, privateers and the patent wars that have made headlines in recent years and blocked key consumer electronics like smartphones and tablets from the market. The following statement…

Internet Radio Fairness Coalition Launches With CCIA As Founding Member

Those concerned about outdated laws that discourage new companies from offering  music to consumers over the Internet have formed a coalition to advocate for modernizing the copyright performance royalty rate setting process that now discriminates against new market entrants. The Computer & Communications Industry Association is joining other organizations and companies today to launch the Internet…

CCIA Joins Owners’ Rights Initiative

The Supreme Court hears arguments next week in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, which could impact whether owners have the right to resell books, music and movies at anything from yard sales to online markets. Some copyright holders have brought the case in hopes of altering the law, which for more than 100 years has given consumers…

ETNO’s Ideas of the Future of Telecoms the Modern Equivalent of “Beggar thy Neighbour” Trade Policies

CCIA was glad to see that the telecommunications regulators of Europe chose to reject the proposals of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO) at their meeting in Istanbul yesterday. It was the right choice for Europe but it also demonstrates Europe’s commitment to looking for solutions for today’s issues today, rather than harking back…

Immigration and Entrepreneurship Discussed at AEI Book Forum

The American Enterprise Institute’s book forum titled “Better Capitalism: Reviving America’s Entrepreneurial Engine” today featured Robert E. Litan and Carl J. Schramm, the authors of the book “Better Capitalism: Renewing the Entrepreneurial Strength of the American Economy.”  One of the issues discussed was the need to revamp immigration policies for highly skilled immigrants. As part of a…

OECD Report Highlights Economic Growth From Internet

Yesterday, the OECD published a new report on the development and future outlook of the Internet economy. Titled “OECD Internet Economy Outlook”, this report reveals the importance of the Internet economy for driving growth and innovation. The report shows how the Internet economy has transformed peoples’ and businesses’ lives in a decade full of disruptive change. Below…