Who Are We?
The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) is a membership driven organization comprised of a diverse array of technology companies. For over 40 years, CCIA has fought on the side of competition and innovation in the high-tech and communications industries.
Whether it was fighting for the ability of third party developers to write independent software for the IBM mainframe, or pushing back on Ma Bell’s attempt to prevent consumers from plugging non-AT&T devices to their own wall jacks, standing up for customer choice in components and features is a core part of our history. And it has not been inconsequential.
Opening up the mainframe gave rise to the Silicon Valley and the entire software industry. In the case of the telephone, allowing third party attachments paved the way for devices such as the first cordless phone, the answering machine, computer modem, and game consoles. These same economic principles apply to the television and set-top-box market in the same way they applied to computers and telephones. The more competitive the ecosystem, the better for consumers and society.
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