TPP moves to Capitol Hill

By: Peter Davidson

Verizon congratulates Ambassador Froman and his team at USTR for concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations. No trade route is more important to the global economy, businesses and consumers than the digital trade route. We welcome the report of a commitment to ensure the free flow of data and no requirement that companies build data centers to store data locally. TPP’s data flow provisions will help harness the benefits of emerging technologies, such as fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology and the Internet of Things, and connect more people to global networks. We look forward to seeing the details of the agreement and to working with Congress moving forward.

Peter Davidson is responsible for federal legislative affairs and global public policy at Verizon. Before joining the company, Davidson served as general counsel assisting the United States Trade Representative in negotiating and implementing trade agreements and supervising litigation at the World Trade Organization. Prior to becoming general counsel to the USTR in February 2001, Davidson was vice president for Congressional Affairs at Qwest, coordinating all federal legislative activities for that company.