July 18, 2016 | News, Statements

Statement on the USTR Digital Trade Working Group

Washington, DC – Today, Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement in support of the new Digital Trade Working Group within the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR):

“The internet industry applauds the creation of a Digital Trade Working Group within USTR. With over 3 billion internet users connected worldwide and the internet sector representing 6 percent of the U.S. economy, trade policy should reflect the dynamic nature of our industry and help protect the free and open internet.

“We look forward to working with USTR to promote policies that encourage the free flow of information and data, create a balanced copyright framework that unleashes opportunities for creators and innovators, and includes clear intermediary liability protections that enable internet services to provide frictionless access to global marketplaces for businesses of all sizes.

“Establishing the Digital Trade Working Group will provide the internet community needed transparency and a voice in the process as USTR negotiates, implements, and enforces digital trade policies around the world.”

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