CCIA Congratulates Nobel Laureates For Economic Model For FCC Spectrum Auctions

Washington — This year’s Nobel Prize in economics has been awarded to two Stanford University professors who came up with the economic model that governments around the world now use to auction spectrum used for everything from broadcast stations to high speed internet. Before Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson developed a new theory for spectrum…

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House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee Proposal Calls For Competition Policy Changes That Take Aim At Tech Companies, Consumers 

Washington — House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee chairman David Cicilline has released a Democratic-only proposal targeting several popular tech companies. The recommendations include introducing amendments to the current antitrust system that would not benefit consumers.  Republicans have released a separate Report not supporting some of the most radical democratic recommendations such as mandates to structurally separate…

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CCIA To Testify Before ITC On Positive Impact of U.S. Free Trade Agreements

Washington — The International Trade Commission is beginning two days of hearings on the economic impact of various U.S. free trade agreements. Computer & Communications Industry Association Vice President Arthur Sidney will testify Wednesday telling the ITC about elements in trade agreements that have boosted the tech industry and enabled digital trade around the world. …

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Supreme Court To Hear Case, Set Precedent On Interoperability For Tech Products

Washington — The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case Wednesday that has implications for much of the tech industry and the economy. The Google v. Oracle case, which has been litigated for more than a decade, could determine whether the reuse of certain program elements necessary for interoperability is an infringement of…

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CCIA Submits Comments on the Review of EU Cybersecurity Law

CCIA has submitted comments to the European Commission’s consultation on the review of the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive. Two years into force, CCIA believes that the NIS Directive has contributed to a higher level of security of network and information systems. Above all, the principles and foundations of the EU’s first cybersecurity legislation…

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CCIA To Testify At House Judiciary Hearing On Copyright Issues Wednesday

Washington — The House Judiciary Committee plans a hearing Wednesday on copyright issues with testimony from Computer & Communications Industry Association President Matt Schruers. The hearing is expected to discuss the Copyright Office’s recent report on Section 512, enacted as part of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  Section 512 provides a means for…

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CCIA Expresses Concern About DOJ Proposal Aimed At Social Media Companies Ahead Of Election

Washington — Weeks before the election, the Department of Justice is submitting a rare legislative proposal to Congress today to alter the law that allows social media sites to flag or remove misinformation and nefarious content. Attorney General William Barr is also expected to meet with Republican attorneys general today regarding unsubstantiated claims that social…

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New Copyright Office Leader, Opportunity To Improve Operations

Washington — Shira Perlmutter has been named as the new Register of Copyrights.  Perlmutter brings new leadership to the U.S. Copyright Office at a time when modernizing its operations for the digital age will be key.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association has noted that modernization of aging Copyright Office systems can ensure that the…

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CCIA, Industry and Civil Society Groups Send Joint Letter To EU Policymakers On Preventing Terrorist Content Online

CCIA, industry and civil society groups today sent a letter to EU policy-makers on the proposal on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online.  CCIA fully supports the objective of the EU institutions to counter terrorism and incitement to violence. The joint letter encouraged EU policymakers to define a clear scope and definition of terrorist…

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