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TIA Calls for Trade Rules that Support America’s Digital Leadership

Arlington, VA (January 24, 2017) – Following yesterday’s action by the U.S. to officially withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, urged the administration of President Donald Trump to promote policies that enable continued U.S. leadership in the global technology market.

TIA Board Chairman and Interim CEO David Heard commented:

“U.S. information and communications technology (ICT) firms face escalating digital trade barriers that handicap one of the nation’s most productive industries. ICT firms not only create high-wage American jobs, but also develop ultra-fast communications networks and other innovations that benefit the broader U.S. economy.

“In the absence of TPP, these companies need ground rules that will give American business a fair shot at competing in the digital era. This is especially important as the incoming administration considers new bilateral agreements and the potential re-negotiation of NAFTA.

“For example, our members strongly support policies to promote free flows of data across international borders. In future trade negotiations, we also urge the incoming administration to advance measures that would forbid coerced technology transfers or data localization mandates.

“We consider these rules, combined with the new President’s commitment to tough trade enforcement, to be critical for creating a level playing field. We look forward to working with the new administration on trade policies that will allow both U.S. business and American workers to succeed.”

Contact

Ashley Simmons, 703-907-7704, asimmons@tiaonline.org

About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details. TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org for details.

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