TISA Text and Analysis: Annex on Telecommunication Services

Original Publication Date: 
2 July, 2015
TISA Annex on Telecommunication Services.pdf773.95 KB
Analysis of TiSA Annex on Telecommunication Services.pdf194.8 KB
This is a secret April 2015 bracketed draft text of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) Annex on Telecommunications Services, including negotiating positions. TiSA is currently under negotiation between the United States, the European Union and 23 other countries. The Agreement creates an international legal regime which aims to deregulate and privatize the supply of services - which account for the majority of the economy across TiSA countries. The draft Annex concentrates on standardizing a communications regulatory regime across all TiSA countries, preventing states from discriminating against foreign or foreign-owned telecommunications providers where to do so would create obstacles to trade or result in a loss of competition, and ensuring access for foreign companies to undersea fiber-optic cables and landing facilities. An earlier version of the Annex was previously published by WikiLeaks. This April 2015 text dates from the 12th TiSA negotiating round help from 13-17 April 2015 in Geneva Switzerland.