WASHINGTON, DC — October 31, 2014 —
BSA | The Software Alliance today applauded a bipartisan group of 55 House lawmakers for stressing the importance of establishing strong, binding obligations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to keep markets open to digital products and services and cross-border data flows. Led by Reps. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) and Ron Kind (D-Wisc.), the group voiced support for these priorities in a letter to US Trade Representative Michael Froman.
“The increasingly broad support for strong data-flow provisions underscores the central importance of this issue to making the TPP a 21st century trade agreement. Preserving and encouraging the free flow of information across the world should be a top priority for trade ministers when they gather in Beijing for the next round of talks,” said BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel. “We applaud today’s bipartisan House support and commend Representatives Kelly and Kind for their leadership on this issue.”
Today’s House letter is the most recent in a growing call for strong digital trade provisions in the TPP. Last week, bipartisan members in both the Senate and House wrote letters to Froman on the issue, while a group of nearly 40 trade associations from every country involved in the TPP, including BSA, recently sent a letter to trade ministers and negotiators that set cross-border data flows as the benchmark for a successful agreement.