We hope that China will use this break in the negotiations to reexamine its approach to the negotiations to expand the ITA and focus on reducing its overly large list of sensitive products. If China is ready to move forward to conclude the expansion of the ITA this year then the ITA Expansion is achievable this year.
For TIA's Public Safety Communications Working Group (PSCWG) Charter, click here.
If you would like to participate in this group, please contact David Gray
The scope of the Public Safety Communications Working Group encompasses public policy issues related to the role of public safety communications in homeland security and natural disasters.
The Public Safety Communications Working Group will provide TIA members with the opportunity to participate in efforts to educate and inform members of Congress and key policymakers on matters relating to the role of public safety communications in homeland security. The Working Group will also serve as an industry resource to the Department of Homeland Security and other relevant organizations.
The mission of the Public Safety Communications Working Group is to work with Congress, the Administration and other federal agencies. The mission includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Become a trusted adviser to the government on issues relating to the importance of wireless communications for first responders and other public safety officials.
- Provide information and advice relating to the issue of communications interoperability and integration and how it can be achieved for public safety.
- Provide information on standards for digital wireless communications products and systems.
- Where appropriate, support government initiatives, such as the SAFECOM Program in the Department of Homeland Security.
- Advocate appropriate efficiency incentives and targeted federal funding for public safety communications.
For a list of recent Public Safety filings, please click here.
As part of a large U.S. industry delegation representing a broad array of ICT manufacturers, TIA is in Geneva, Switzerland this week to cheer on the trade negotiators who are working hard to conclude the negotiations to expand the product coverage of the WTO’s Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The ITA remains one of the most commercially important WTO trade agreements – by eliminating tariffs on a broad range of ICT products, the ITA lowers the cost and improves access to these products, which are vital to the economic competitiveness of all economies around the world.
The Telecommunications Industry Association was in Geneva last week along with AdvaMed, the Consumer Electronics Association, the Entertainment Software Association, the Information Technology Industry Council, the Liquid Crystal Polymer Coalition, the Motion Picture Association of America, and the Semiconductor Industry Association. This coalition of high-tech companies represents a broad spectrum of manufacturers and service providers in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.
Last week was a busy one at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The signs are very encouraging that the member countries of the WTO are back on track to move the WTO’s trade liberalization agenda forward – from the new International Services Agreement (ISA) to the ongoing negotiations to expand the existing WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA).