CCIA Asks Swiss Government to Rethink Overbroad User Surveillance Proposals

In a reaction to increasing pressures from Governments around the world to extend the scope of online surveillance, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed a comment on the Draft Revision of the Swiss Telecommunications Surveillance Ordinance (in French). The proposal, published by Switzerland’s Minister of Justice and Police, Simonetta Sommaruga, would provide law enforcement agencies with unprecedented authority to…

CCIA Asks DC Circuit to Tell FCC to Rule on Monopoly Pricing for Internet Access

In January 2005, the FCC opened a rulemaking docket to the FCC’s regulation of the “special access” rates that businesses and millions of customers pay to the largest telephone companies for broadband connections to the Internet.  Despite overwhelming evidence of wildly excessive pricing (profit margins for companies that control high-capacity broadband lines are over 100%),…

Members of Congress, EU Parliament Discuss Privacy, IP

CCIA Executive Vice President Erika Mann and the former chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus Rick Boucher opened a roundtable discussion Thursday between members of Congress and the European Parliament on privacy and intellectual property as part of Transatlantic Week in Congress. Mann helped found the European Internet Foundation, the counterpart to the Congressional Internet…

New Copyright Study Illustrates Economic Need For Balanced Policies

Congressman Jared Polis, D-Colo., welcomed the release of a new economic study on Capitol Hill Thursday saying industries that depend on exceptions to copyright law, like the tech sector and news media, are happy it has been published. “Fair Use in the U.S. Economy,” commissioned by CCIA, updates economic data incorporating new numbers from the…