Governor DeSantis Calls Special Session To Retract Disney Carveout In Unconstitutional Florida Social Media Law

Washington – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has called a special legislative session to ask lawmakers to amend a “social media censorship” law that a Florida judge ruled unconstitutional. The ruling came last year and the case is now on appeal at the Eleventh Circuit, which will hear oral argument next week. The law would force…

CCIA Offers Recommendations for U.S. Policymakers on Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and also filed comments with the U.S. Department of Commerce offering recommendations on priorities for the upcoming Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). Earlier this year, the Biden Administration released details on its plans to pursue a comprehensive Indo-Pacific…

CCIA Files Brief In Support Of Digital Services’ First Amendment Rights

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined NetChoice, Chamber of Progress, and TechNet in filing a joint amicus brief Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit urging the full court to rehear a case brought by Twitter against Texas Attorney General Paxton.  The brief comes in response to Paxton’s…

13 Associations Call on Lawmakers to Ensure New EU Product Safety Rules will Benefit Consumers, SMEs and Businesses

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) and 12 other leading trade associations representing startups, SMEs, technology, and e-commerce companies of different sizes today sent a joint letter to EU lawmakers on the General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR). The letter urges Members of the European Parliament, the Council, and the European…

CCIA Statement Following Senate Confirmation Of New USPTO Leader

Washington – The Senate voted Monday evening to confirm Kathi Vidal to lead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Vidal is an experienced patent attorney who led the Silicon Valley office of Winston & Strawn. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has advocated for tech policy that advances innovation, including high quality patents, for 50…

ICYMI: Experts Discuss Finding the Right Balance in Competition Enforcement and Start-up Acquisitions

Washington – FTC Commissioner Noah Phillips gave the keynote address at the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s annual panel on digital competition issues Tuesday ahead of  the American Bar Association (ABA) Antitrust Spring Meeting. Phillips told those at the lunch panel the two biggest antitrust changes he expects under the Biden administration FTC will be…

CCIA Files Brief As Texas Appeals Decision That Blocked Enforcement Of Its Unconstitutional Content Moderation Law

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and NetChoice have filed a brief Friday before the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in a case involving a social media law in Texas. The Fifth Circuit federal court is expected to hear oral arguments in New Orleans on May 9 on the state’s…

USTR Releases Annual Report Documenting Rising Barriers to Digital Trade

Washington — The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its annual National Trade Estimate (NTE) report that plays a valuable role in identifying and addressing barriers for internet services and internet-enabled businesses. For the 2022 Report, USTR detailed a number of foreign regulations including digital authoritarianism measures, regulations pursued under the guise of “digital…

House E&C To Question FCC About Internet Access, Spectrum At Oversight Hearing

Washington – Four FCC commissioners will testify Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce communications subcommittee’s planned oversight hearing. Though President Biden nominated Gigi Sohn in October 2021 to be the fifth commissioner to the panel, the Senate has yet to vote. The Commission faces a slate of issues when they have a full team…