Network Usage Fees: Tech’s Infrastructure Investments Deliver Major Savings for EU Telcos, New Study Finds

Brussels, BELGIUM – Tech firms invest €22 billion per year in Europe’s internet infrastructure, which generates nearly €1 billion in annual savings for internet providers such as EU telecom operators, according to a new study presented in Brussels today. The Analysys Mason report provides an evidence-based perspective to recent calls by EU telecom operators for…

European Media Freedom Act: Fight Against Disinformation and Illegal Content Requires Balanced Relationship Between Media and Online Platforms

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Media Freedom Act presented by the European Commission earlier today seeks to introduce new rules to safeguard the independence and pluralism of Europe’s media. The “must-carry” obligation included in the proposal, however, could be abused to force social media and other online platforms to spread disinformation or illegal content, the…

CCIA Statement on Declaration on the Future of the Internet

Washington — The United States joined partners including the European Commission, Japan, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom today in the release of a “Declaration on the Future of the Internet”. The Declaration outlines aspirational standards for governments regarding digital governance and promotion of human rights online, and reinforces the importance of a multistakeholder approach…

Senate Reintroduces Bill To Undermine Legal Basis For Digital Services’ Efforts To Address Dangerous Content

Washington – Senator Graham and Senator Blumenthal have reintroduced the “Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies” (EARN IT) Act, which would weaken the law companies rely upon to address objectionable activity online, commonly referred to as Section 230, in a misdirected effort to combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.  The bill is…

CCIA Submits Comments To USITC As It Investigates Trade Barriers From Foreign Censorship

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) offered details in a filing to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on trade barriers U.S. Internet and technology services face due to foreign censorship practices. The ITC is currently investigating the effects of foreign censorship on U.S. businesses, and solicited comments from stakeholders by Thursday…

CCIA Statement On Social Media Ban On Accounts Involved In Inciting Violence

The following can be attributed to Computer & Communication Industry Association President Matt Schruers in response to numerous digital services suspending accounts involved in the incitement of violence, including by President Donald Trump, on their platforms: “Private companies taking action against bad actors that misuse their services to incite violence have a First Amendment right…

CCIA Welcomes European Democracy Action Plan Objectives

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today the European Commission published its European Democracy Action Plan covering topics including transparency in political content, disinformation, and media freedom and pluralism. The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the Commission’s efforts.  The Action Plan foresees legislative proposals on the transparency of sponsored political content, and on the funding of European…

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…

CCIA Supports Efforts to Uphold Multistakeholder Approach to Internet Governance

Washington — CCIA President Matt Schruers sent a letter to the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) in response to an open consultation regarding the International Telecommunication Union’s upcoming 2020 World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly taking place in November.  The letter supports proposed U.S. positions at the upcoming meeting to ensure that the ITU pursues standards…