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October 30, 2021
G20 Endorses Agreement on Global Tax Reform

Washington — G20 leaders endorsed the new global tax agreement following the conclusion of the Summit in Rome. G20 ministers had tasked the OECD to undertake this broader tax reform initiative initially and today’s endorsement is therefore an important milestone. More than 130 countries reached consensus on a two pillar solution and historic global tax…

October 26, 2021
CCIA Identifies Tech Industry, Internet Trade Barriers For USTR

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered examples to the U.S. Trade Representative as it prepares its annual report on trade barriers affecting U.S. exporters. The National Trade Estimates (NTE) report, to be released in 2022, provides a  country-by-country overview of trade barriers U.S. companies currently face.  CCIA’s 2021 filing includes restrictions on…

CCIA Welcomes Nominees To Fill Out FCC, NTIA and PTO

Washington — President Biden has nominated people to key positions to oversee the U.S. tech industry today including at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC).   The White House has nominated Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel as the Commission’s permanent Chair, and Gigi Sohn, a…

October 21, 2021
CCIA Joins Internet Association, DiMA, and INCOMPAS in Filing to the FCC Opposing Wi-Fi Tax

Washington — Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association submitted comments to the FCC along with the Internet Association, Digital Media Association, and INCOMPAS, opposing a proposal to charge regulatory fees to users of unlicensed spectrum, which would effectively result in a Wi-Fi tax. The Associations’ comment highlighted that this proposal would be unworkable…

CCIA Response To U.S., European Agreement On The Withdrawal of Digital Taxes

Washington — The U.S. Department of Treasury has released a Joint Statement from the United States, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom regarding a compromise on digital services taxes (DSTs) in light of the October 8 OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework announcement. Under the agreement, the countries will work together to roll back digital taxes…

October 20, 2021
Economic Study Estimates Cost of Online Platform and Marketplace Regulation at $300 Billion

Washington — A study by economists at NERA Economic Consulting estimates that U.S. House and Senate legislative proposals subjecting online platforms and marketplaces to common carrier, structural separation, and line of business restrictions would cost the economy approximately $300 billion. The study also finds that the proposals would impact at least 13 additional American companies…

October 19, 2021
Senate Introduces Bill To Change Antitrust Rules For Select Companies

Washington — Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar has introduced major legislation that would change the rules governing antitrust regulation for the first time in more than 50 years.  The Senate proposal, like the House companion, would make sectoral changes to enforcement in the technology industry and targets specific U.S. technology companies.  The Computer & Communications…

October 14, 2021
CCIA Statement Ahead Of Reported Senate Antitrust Legislation

Washington — According to various news reports, members of the Senate are poised to introduce legislation that would dramatically change antitrust rules for just a few U.S. companies. The House Judiciary Committee had previously passed legislation that would limit mergers and acquisitions for several companies and also require them to share data with competitors and…

October 13, 2021
CCIA Statement As G20 Finance Ministers Endorse Agreement on Global Tax Reform

Washington — G20 Finance Ministers met in Washington DC today and endorsed the new global tax agreement reached by negotiators at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development meeting last week. G20 ministers had tasked the OECD to undertake this broader tax reform initiative initially and today’s endorsement is therefore an important milestone. More than…