Internet infrastructure providers facilitate global trade. Our businesses have created unparalleled access to goods, information, and services. Internet infrastructure businesses are a platform that has created a more level platform for businesses around the world to gain access to markets outside their geographic area. The ability to provide infrastructure services across the globe is critical to the world’s economy. Global trade policies of the past twenty years have facilitated this increase in trade and should continue to do so.
For decades global trade negotiations have focused on removing barriers to the global exchange of goods. This focus should include infrastructure services, and the products and services sold on the Internet. Trade restrictions under the guise of national priorities should be subject to public comment, industry vetting, and debate. Policies that have failed to achieve national consensus and implementation should not be included in trade negotiations. The Internet has been effectively administered by those who run and benefit from it. There is no need for supranational regulation or administration.
Recent Updates On Trade Policy
A Section 230 Rewrite, Midterm Results, and Human Rights Concerns: November-December 2018 Legislative Update
After midterms, Congress is headed into an abbreviated lame-duck session and a season of more potential reshuffling in the Executive Branch.
With only 11 working days in September, the House will mostly be in and out of session working on a number of bills and issues such as privacy, social media platforms, and trade agreements.
The Internet is uniquely positioned for inclusivity and the spreading of economic benefits in ways other livelihoods have not been able.
Privacy Movements, Social Media Responsibility, And The New OSTP Director: August 2018 Legislative Update
New privacy legislation and cereal rules in development, tariffs, hearsing on social media responsibility, and more.
i2Coalition Joins 10 Organizations Promoting Innovation And Inclusion To Digital Economy Task Force (DETF)
Our letter with 10 other organizations encourages the G20 to create and promote policies that continue to champion inclusion and diversity.
i2Coalition Honors Congressmen Doyle and Poe with Champion of Internet Freedom Award; Allison Heather and Stephen Mayhew with Internet Community Leadership Award
The i2Coalition presents legislators and community members who have made a beneficial impact on Internet policy with annual awards.
Alongside a coalition of academics, organizations from civil society, and the Internet industry, we have sent a letter calling for the inclusion of intermediary liability protections, like Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, in NAFTA.
Monica will coordinate i2Coalition work on the policy initiatives chosen for focus by the member-led i2Coalition Working Groups.
Zuckerberg Visits Congress, More Discussion On Net Neutrality, And A Looming Battle For Encryption? The April 2018 Legislative Update
Zuckerberg’s visit, a plethora of potential Net Neutrality legislation, trade policy fears, erosion of Section 230, and the possible return of encryption banning dominate Congress in April.
We’ll be discussing an overview of the biggest issues that could lead to industry disaster and why that’s not hyperbole.
March 2018 Legislative Update: The Omnibus Appropriations Bill, SESTA-FOSTA, and competing Net Neutrality legislation
Congress rushed to pass an Omnibus Appropriations Bill, while SESTA-FOSTA passed eroding CDA Section 230, and competing Net Neutrality legislation was discussed.
In the letter, M3AAWG and the i2Coalition applaud the FTC’s recommendations and ask them to build on them further.