CCIA Welcomes the Civil Liberties Committee’s Opinion on the Copyright Directive

Brussels, BELGIUM — In September 2016, the European Commission published its proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the “Copyright Proposal”). This proposal implements filtering systems for user-uploaded content and undermine the liability regime of Internet intermediaries, legal backbone of the European digital sector. This proposal has recently been condemned without…

EU Ministers Recognise Importance of Encryption to Ensure Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Brussels, BELGIUM — The General Affairs Council today adopted Conclusions calling for the strengthening of European cybersecurity across the EU.  Importantly, the Conclusions confirm “that strong and trusted encryption is highly important for properly ensuring human rights and fundamental freedoms in EU and for public trust in the Digital Single Market.”  However, they also note…

CCIA Comments On FCC’s Mid-Band Spectrum Inquiry

Washington — As the FCC expands its efforts to facilitate the most efficient and effective means of deploying broadband technologies, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments today saying this mid-band spectrum is well suited to meet the demands for next generation wireless broadband. In its filing, CCIA said the FCC “should promote flexible…

Tech Asks USTR For Updated, Balanced Copyright In NAFTA

Washington — CCIA joined six other tech trade associations in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer asking that they borrow copyright language from the TPP to include in NAFTA. The letter explained the need to find the “right balance in the area of copyright” among a broad range of stakeholders. The letter said the TPP was…

CCIA Files Comments To FEC On Online Ad Inquiry

Washington — In comments filed with the Federal Election Commission today, the Computer & Communications Industry Association said both the association and its members are committed to ensuring transparency for political ads on online platforms. The FEC had asked for comments by tonight on how its disclaimer requirements are applied to online communications  . CCIA’s…

CCIA Partners with Council of Europe To Promote Human Rights Online

Strasbourg, France — The Council of Europe signed an agreement today with the tech industry, including the Computer & Communications Industry Association, to promote a safe and open internet that respects human rights, the rule of law and democracy. The agreement come in the form of an exchange of letters with various associations and tech…

Redl To Lead NTIA After Senate Confirmation

Washington — David Redl takes the helm of the the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration after receiving Senate confirmation Tuesday evening. The Computer & Communications Industry Association congratulates Redl, who most recently served as a lead telecommunications staffer on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. CCIA has advocated on tech policy issues, including…

CCIA Encouraged By Progress on SESTA, Though Concerns Remain

Washington — As Congress works to reduce sex trafficking online, bill sponsors recently announced progress that has been made in tailoring the legislation to better ensure the intended target, while reducing unintended consequences. The Computer & Communications Industry Association appreciates efforts to revise the bill to address wide-ranging concerns from industry and public interest stakeholders,…

CCIA Asks FCC To Enforce Its Own Law And Block Sinclair Media Takeover

Washington — As the FCC appears poised to override historic rules preventing one company from dominating news coverage on the public airwaves, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments asking the FCC to enforce its own law and block the Sinclair merger. Ordinarily, according to FCC rules, Sinclair’s proposed takeover of Tribune would be…