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TIA Warns of Inflationary Effects of Section 301 Tariffs on Telecom Products

Arlington, VA (July 11, 2018) –– The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today issued a statement after the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a proposed list of $200 billion in imports to subject to 10% tariffs.

“The Administration’s new tariff list includes routers, switches and other telecom goods which are essential components of today’s high-speed networks,” said TIA’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Cinnamon Rogers. “Imposing a 10% tariff on these items will inflate the cost of internet access for American business and consumers and pose a needless burden on the U.S. economy. Tariffs against China are counter-productive and impose risks to a wide variety of traditional American industries – from farming to manufacturing and banking – that have come to rely on digital infrastructure as an essential productivity tool.”

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

About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents a global community of more than 250-member companies including manufacturers and suppliers, network operators, software developers, distributors and integrators of communications technologies. TIA drives advancement in global connectivity and innovation through its leadership in U.S. and international advocacy, technology programs and standards development, quality assurance and business performance solutions. TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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