The Commercial Internet eXchange Association (CIX), the largest international trade association of Internet service providers (ISPs) welcomed President Clinton?s decision not to tax the Internet.
The administration?s decision came after a two-year study, and despite supporting the attempted regulation of Communications and Decency Act, the US government concluded, ?unnecessary regulation could cripple the growth and diversity of the Internet.?
The White House' new report, ?A Framework for Global Electronic Commerce?, concluded that US government policy can best support the growth of e-commerce by relying on the private sector and market forces - ?and refraining from premature regulation of this new market,? CIX reiterated pointedly.
CIX executive director, Barbara Dooley, commented: ?The report will be important in stimulating international debate and confirming the US government's endorsement of the private sector's leadership in developing electronic commerce and on Internet-related activities.?
She added: ?Government has an important role to play but it should give priority to facilitating the growth of commerce through private sector initiative. Government intervention through additional taxes, planning, and regulation will only impede the development of this important medium.?
Dooley said that the CIX supports the policy generally, but it wants to see changes in two particular areas. ?With regard to encryption, we and the rest of industry believe that the Administration's current export controls are ineffective and adversely affect US business competitiveness in the high-tech sector.
Secondly: ?Regarding copyright, CIX does not oppose ratification of the new WIPO treaties as
proposed in the Framework, but we shall work for Congressional action... to clarify ISP liability simultaneously with the treaties' ratification.?
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