Association for Competitive Technology President Jonathan Zuck issued the following statement in support of the Cloud Computing Act of 2012.
“We applaud Senators Klobuchar and Hoeven for the introduction of the Cloud Computing Act of 2012. The enterprise and consumer marketplaces are rapidly adopting cloud computing. With the explosive growth of smartphones and tablets, consumers are embracing mobile computing and the applications in the cloud that add incredible functionality to their devices.
“Companies large and small are eager to take advantage of the convenience of remotely stored data and applications. Small businesses using the cloud realize considerable cost savings for software and hardware both at start-up and over time. Businesses and retailers that experience cyclical traffic or activity spikes can achieve considerable savings by paying for additional storage only when needed. This enables small businesses to scale and compete efficiently by reducing hardware investment.
“The cloud is facilitating the explosive rise of the mobile economy, but unfortunately the law has not kept pace with technology. The uncertainty this produces threatens to stifle innovation in emerging new mobile services. Statutes written to provide security when the most sophisticated consumer electronic storage unit was an answering machine simply cannot guide industry and lawmakers in the digital age. We support the leadership of Senators Klobuchar and Hoeven to update our laws so U.S. companies can thrive and continue to lead in the global mobile marketplace.”