CCIA Applauds Introduction of Digital Trade Act

Washington — Today, Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Senator John Thune, R- S.D., introduced the Digital Trade Act. The Computer & Communications Industry Association testified before the International Trade Commission earlier this year, saying digital trade is critical because the Internet is responsible for 21 percent of the GDP growth in mature economies over the…

CCIA Signs Joint Letter Asking for Surveillance Transparency Legislation

The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined six dozen companies and associations in a joint letter to House and Senate Judiciary Committee leaders today to ask to move legislation to bring greater transparency to government surveillance programs. The letter praises provisions of both S. 1452, the Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013, and H.R. 3035, the Surveillance Order Reporting…

Senators Introduce Bill to Curb Government Surveillance

Washington – Senators Richard Blumenthal, Rand Paul, Mark Udall and Ron Wyden have introduced bipartisan legislation this week to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to curtail the overbroad collection of bulk communications data that the government has claimed was legal. The legislation would not restrict the ability of the government to collect data…

CCIA Testifies On Digital Trade At TTIP Hearing

The Computer & Communications Industry Association outlined growing threats and policies that curb digital trade in testimony at a USTR hosted hearing Wednesday afternoon on the US/EU’s free trade agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). CCIA noted that trade agreements have unfortunately not kept up with the thriving Internet industry and recommended the…

CCIA Filed Comments with the Copyright Office on Orphan Works

CCIA filed comments with the Copyright Office Feb. 4th in response to their notice of inquiry on orphan works.  These comments identify statutory damages reform as a possible vehicle for mitigating the orphan works problem, pointing to recommendations made in the Association’s  2012 comments to the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. As explained in the brief filing,  the three main sources…

CCIA Files Comments On Spectrum For Mobile Broadband

Last week CCIA filed Comments in the FCC’s 2 GHz rulemaking proceeding.  The Commission’s proposed rules would grant mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) licensees flexibility to use their licensed spectrum to deploy mobile voice and broadband services – increasing the amount of spectrum available for these services. CCIA’s supports the Commission’s work to increase the amount of spectrum…

Plan to Expand Tax Collection for Online Businesses Discussed in Senate Finance Hearing

The Senate Finance Committee held an April 25th hearing on “Tax Reform: What It Means for State and Local Tax and Fiscal Policy.”  Within the broader theme of the hearing, there was a lively exchange on the issue of online sales tax collection that illustrated supporters’ misperceptions regarding the compliance burden for small online retailers. Sen. Ben…