PRESS RELEASE (For Immediate Release)
The organization representing Internet infrastructure providers supports provisions in the USMCA that benefit the digital economy.
Washington D.C., January 16th, 2020 – i2Coalition applauds the passage today of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by the United States Senate, preparing the USMCA to be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
In a statement, David Snead, co-founder and policy working group chair of the i2Coalition, said:
Today’s passage of the USMCA will create vital opportunities for Internet infrastructure providers in North American markets. We are grateful for the work of both Congress and trade negotiators who have worked diligently on this agreement . We believe that the Digital Trade Chapter, and other provisions in this agreement that facilitate the digital economy should form the template for future U.S. trade agreements. If they are, the future looks promising.
i2Coalition has previously announced strong support for the Digital Trade Chapter of the USMCA. Specifically, the organization has noted that U.S. trade negotiators have demonstrated significant foresight in facilitating Internet businesses by ensuring that creators and users of content remain responsible for the creation and use of that content. The Digital Trade Chapter of the USMCA ensures that this important business facilitating provision applies to the North American market
i2Coalition has also highlighted strong support for the prohibition on the imposition of customs duties and other similar measures on digital products that are distributed electronically, as well as provisions that limit mandatory disclosure of source code and prohibit data localization. Each of these provisions will ensure continued economic growth and innovation in North America.
About The i2Coalition
The i2Coalition is the voice of those businesses who build the Internet. We represent cloud providers, data centers, domain registrars, registries, web hosts, payment processors, software developers and other foundational Internet enterprises. Along with partner organizations, we help keep the Internet an engine for economic growth and freedom.