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TIA Applauds Congressional Efforts to Avoid Unnecessary Restrictions on Cross-Border Data Flows

Arlington, Va. (Oct. 27, 2014) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today applauded members of Congress for their efforts to prevent unnecessary restrictions for cross-border data flows as a way to support U.S. economic growth and job creation.

The letters to the Administration on Friday and the related hearing held in September by the House Subcommittee for Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade combine to send a strong signal to the Administration and our trading partners around the world that Congress is prioritizing the need to resolve the global trend towards unnecessarily restricting commercial data flows and data center localization requirements.

TIA is also pleased to see the emphasis on strong provisions in trade agreements that are now being negotiated, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The ability to send commercial data across borders with minimal unnecessary restrictions is vital for U.S. businesses of all sizes and all sectors that conduct business here in the United States and around the world, not just for the ICT sector. A great example is how e-commerce has rapidly become the way that U.S. small businesses access global markets to expand their exports.

TIA is grateful to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, and Ranking Member John Thune, as well as House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Chairman Lee Terry and Congressman Peter Welch for their letters and their continuing work on this important issue.

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About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org  for details.

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