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What is Business Roundtable

Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.

More Than Leaders. Leadership.

Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote a thriving economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.

About BRT

As business leaders representing every sector of the economy, Business Roundtable members understand the value of information technology as platforms for expansive economic growth and opportunity. We are committed to policies that will maximize and safeguard U.S. information and technology assets in a complex global environment.

Business Groups to Federal Appeals Court: Protect Internet Innovation and 21st Century Commerce

"We are asking the court to uphold the principles of openness and freedom to innovate that have made the Internet a driving force in global commerce,” said Business Roundtable President John Engler. “Open broadband Internet access is a critical platform for business expansion, job creation and U.S. economic competitiveness. The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Internet regulations will slow down investment and innovation – and we are petitioning the court for relief.”

Business Roundtable provides information on United States Telecom Association v. Federal Communications Commission

Business Roundtable,The National Association of Manufacturers, and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America submit this brief in support of petitioners United States Telecom Association, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, CTIA – The Wireless Association® , AT&T Inc., American Cable Association, CenturyLink, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, Alamo Broadband Inc., and Daniel Berninger.

Business Roundtable urges swift Senate action on CISA

To confront cybersecurity threats, Business Roundtable has long supported passage of cybersecurity information sharing legislation as a key fundamental to advancing legally- and privacy-protected cybersecurity information sharing.

FCC Move Today Threatens Internet Innovation and Modern Commerce

Following this week’s issuance by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of rules governing the Internet under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act, Business Roundtable President John Engler released the following statement

FCC Internet Regulation Alarms America’s Business Leaders

America’s business leaders are frustrated and alarmed by the FCC’s decision to impose Depression-era regulations on the Internet, a foundation of innovation and prosperity in the 21st century

Putting Data to Work

In today’s digital economy, businesses and manufacturers in every country – and in every sector – rely on data to operate, deliver, grow, innovate and prosper. Ensuring that international borders remain open to allow data to move easily between countries – so-called cross-border data flows – is key to connecting companies, both large and small, to their business units, trading partners, workers and customers. Furthermore, data flows are enabling new and innovative products and services that are driving economic growth and creating opportunities for businesses, governments and citizens.

Technology, Internet & Innovation Data Monitor - Data Sources

U.S. Networked Readiness Index Ranking

  • Source: World Economic Forum, Global Information Technology Reports, “The Networked Readiness Index” Table
  • Note: Data represents the U.S. rank released in each annual report from 2008/2009-2014.

Trend in Internet Users

  • Source: The World Bank, World Development Indicators, “Internet users (per 100 people)” Interactive Table

U.S. Trade in Digitally Enabled Services

Julie Sweet

Julie Sweet is Chief Executive Officer – North America, responsible for leading Accenture’s business in the United States, the company’s largest market, and Canada. She is also a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee.

Prior to assuming her current position in June 2015, Julie served as general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer. Before joining Accenture in 2010, she was a partner in the corporate department of the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore for 10 years.

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Committee Priorities

Business Roundtable members are advancing cybersecurity protection top-down in the private sector by creating and resourcing corporate programs to manage cybersecurity risks. They believe Congress and executive branch departments and agencies should deploy smart cybersecurity policies that facilitate new levels of domestic and international collaboration to combat escalating threats – beginning with increased information sharing with the private sector. To ensure the success of meaningful public-private information sharing, Business Roundtable supports legislation to create the requisite legal and privacy protections. The Roundtable also urges Congress to exercise care in mandating cybersecurity standards. Congress should monitor the development of cybersecurity standards by executive branch agencies before acting in this area.

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Recent actions by major countries have the effect of fragmenting the Internet, including the flow of data across national borders (e.g., mandated in-country server location). In a global economy, we believe that such barriers needlessly hamper the creation of innovative products and services, adoption of information-based business models and use of scalable global business operations. Business Roundtable promotes globally consistent information technology policies that ensure market-friendly conditions for cross-border information management.

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While the United States has always been a world leader in technology, public policies have often not kept pace with the rapidly evolving marketplace. For U.S. companies to grow and prosper over the next decade and beyond, Business Roundtable members support U.S. efforts to create a globally competitive policy framework that fosters innovation and facilitates the productive and secure use of information technology.

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