CCIA Offers USTR Comments Ahead of Annual Special 301 Report On Trade Barriers

Washington — In comments filed with the U.S. Trade Representative today, the Computer & Communications Industry Association asked USTR to identify countries using intellectual property rules in ways that pose trade barriers for U.S. exporters in its upcoming Special 301 report. The following can be attributed to CCIA President Matt Schruers:  “Countries continue to pursue…

CCIA: Anticipated U.S. Response To French Digital Taxes On U.S. Companies is Crucial

Washington — In response to French digital taxes aimed at U.S. companies, the U.S. Trade Representative is expected to respond tomorrow with tariffs on $1.3 billion on French products. USTR concluded in its Section 301 investigation that the French tax discriminated against US firms. USTR announced these tariffs last summer, but suspended the collection on…

Unvetted Copyright Measures In Spending Bill Concern CCIA

Washington — Congress has wrapped several controversial copyright measures into a must-pass end of the year spending bill.  The intellectual property part of the legislation includes the CASE Act, the Trademark Modernization Act, and the Protecting Lawful Streaming Act. While the Computer & Communications Industry Association doesn’t oppose the language of the streaming proposal, it…

CCIA Responses To EU Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act Proposals

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission presented its Digital Markets Act (DMA) and its Digital Services Act (DSA) proposals earlier today. The Digital Markets Act seeks to target the core services of so-called digital “gatekeepers” by restructuring their relationships with business users and imposing new terms and obligations. These obligations can be updated, new services…

CCIA Offers OECD Comments Supporting Global Tax Reform

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered comments today on the OECD Secretariats’ Blueprints regarding the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework Public Consultation Document on the Reports on the Pillar One and Pillar Two Blueprints. The Blueprints regarding Pillar 1 & 2 were released in October 2020 and seek to propose a consensus-based approach…

CCIA Applauds Senate Commerce Attention To Data Transfer Solutions

Washington — The Senate Commerce Committee holds its hearing “The Invalidation of the EU-US Privacy Shield and the Future of Transatlantic Data Flows,” Wednesday to examine the economic impact of the suspension of the popular data transfer framework and the U.S. government’s ongoing engagement to negotiate a new transfer system. Thousands of large and small…

CCIA Presents Recommendations In Meetings with Incoming Portuguese EU Presidency

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is leading a series of meetings Tuesday with Portuguese politicians and senior officials ahead of Portugal taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January. CCIA is also presenting its recommendations on the range of new EU proposals that will impact Europe’s…

CCIA Details Success of U.S. Free Trade Agreements to U.S. International Trade Commission

Washington – The International Trade Commission is currently preparing a report on the economic impact of various U.S. free trade agreements. The Computer & Communications filed comments Friday explaining how free trade agreements have shown steady improvements in provisions to help expand digitally-enabled trade, which is the fastest growing sector in trade in services. Last…

CCIA Expresses Concern About FCC Plans To Alter Legal Protections For Services Facilitating Free Speech Online

Washington — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement today on liability rules for services that facilitate free speech online, saying he planned to move forward with steps to alter the law in response to a request from President Trump and later the Commerce Department. The rules under Section 230 of the Communications…