CCIA’s Response To ETNO Economic Study

The European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association published a study late Wednesday offering policy recommendations to grow the European telecommunications sector titled “A Future Policy Framework for Growth.” The Computer & Communications Industry Association, which represents telecommunications companies as well as Internet services, whose customers depend on telecommunications connections for access to the Internet, has spent…

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Simplified Sales Tax Systems are Needed More than Oversimplified Argument

The Senate voted to pass S. 743, the Marketplace Fairness Act yesterday.  CCIA has long opposed this bill, which would impose burdensome tax collecting requirements on online retailers regardless of physical presence.  Especially disappointing about the vote was the fact that the Senate decided to eschew substantive discussion about the consequences of this action on the economy…

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CCIA Adds New Patent Counsel

The Computer & Communications Industry Association has added to its strong intellectual property team by hiring Matthew Levy as Patent Counsel. Levy’s legal background includes working for Hogan & Hartson; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner LLP and most recently for Cloudigy Law, PLLC.  He will handle legal, policy advocacy, and regulatory matters related to patents and be…

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CCIA Appreciates NAS Copyright Study

The National Academy of Sciences has released advanced copies of its long awaited study, “Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy.” The study provides a roadmap of how copyright laws have changed as distribution of content moves online. The multi-year study began well before policy missteps like SOPA that would have given the entertainment…

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Government Support for Fighting Patent Trolls Grows

Lawmakers have been speaking out about the patent troll epidemic in recent weeks and now it looks like they’re ready to do something about it. Yesterday Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that he is introducing a bill to expand the covered business methods program established by the 2011 America Invents Act, so that broad, abstract patents can…

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Online Privacy, Security Action This Week

For those who don’t keep as close an eye on privacy, the past week has seen a flurry of activity on a number of privacy related fronts from the US Congress. Topics have included cybersecurity, government surveillance, and the Do Not Track process. Most of these conversation are obviously still ongoing, but a summary after…

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