CCIA Files FCC Comments Noting Lack Of Competition, Need To Preserve Open Internet

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments with the FCC today that offer additional legal arguments in support of preserving Open Internet access and respond to other comments that misstate or ignore the power of local network bottlenecks in broadband Internet access.  In its filing in July, CCIA offered detailed recommendations on the best…

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Global stakeholders advance joint vision for the evolution of the Internet governance system at Istanbul conference

A record number of representatives from civil society, academia, business, technical community, and governments gathered in Istanbul on September 2-5 for the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF).  Unlike many other UN conferences, the IGF intentionally convenes all stakeholders involved in the Internet ecosystem rather than just governments.  While the IGF does not produce binding outcomes,…

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Letters Ask Congress To Bring ECPA Reform To A Vote

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined other technology advocates today in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, asking for a vote on the Senate’s bipartisan bill that would prevent the government from accessing consumers’ private digital information without a warrant. A separate letter to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, meanwhile, asks for a House…

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European Commissioners for Internet Matters Named

Brussels — The European Commission’s incoming President Jean-Claude Juncker today announced how he would allocate portfolios among the 28 nominated Commissioners. Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip will be responsible for the Digital Single Market and Gunther Oettinger for Digital Economy and Society. The new Commission is expected to take office on 1st November 2014. The…

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Tech Advocates Ask Senators To Support, Pass USA Freedom Act

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined other associations and tech industry advocates in a joint letter urging Senators to support and pass the USA Freedom Act. In late July, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy introduced the USA Freedom Act, an improvement over the bill the House passed earlier in the summer.…

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A British Recipe for Open Internet Access: Separation of Monopoly Local Networks… and Competition for Bloody Everything Else

UK regulators at Ofcom decided about a decade ago to impose “functional separation” on its dominant telecom provider, BT, in order to obtain equivalent prices, terms and conditions for competing telephone Internet providers that must buy local connectivity from the legacy giant. The UK model for competition has Openreach as the source for wholesale local…

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Tech Industry Advocates Send Incoming European Commission President Joint Letter

The Computer & Communications Industry Association signed a joint letter welcoming European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker and offering support and assistance on his goal of creating a fully digital Europe and a single digital market. The letter endorses appointing a Digital Commissioner to review policies from an innovation perspective and to ensure EU policies are…

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Constitutional Challenge to the German ‘Snippet Law’

One year ago the German ancillary copyright for press publishers, the Leistungsschutzrecht, came into effect. With that law, Germany became something like a pioneer – the first country in the European Union attempting to rectify a perceived imbalance between digital news aggregators and news publishers via legislation. The logic behind the law is that news…

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