A press release was issued yesterday announcing the launch of The Internet Association – a trade group consisting of Facebook, Google, Amazon, EBay and other companies yet to be announced.
Michael Beckerman, a senior Capitol Hill adviser, will serve as president and CEO of the organization. Beckerman issued the following statement:
“I am honored to lead such an important undertaking. The Internet is the greatest engine
for economic growth and prosperity the world has ever known. The Internet must have a
voice in Washington.
The Internet isn’t just Silicon Valley anymore, the Internet has moved to Main Street. Our
top priority is to ensure that elected leaders in Washington understand the profound
impacts of the Internet and Internet companies on jobs, economic growth and freedom.
“No one can predict what innovations will happen next. But we do know that the Internet’s
decentralized and open model is what has enabled its unprecedented growth and
innovation. We must guard against misguided attempts to handcuff this incredible source
of job creation, freedom and creativity.”
The association claims that they will be representing the Internet economy, America’s leading Internet companies and their consumers. Other goals of the group are to advance public policy solutions that strengthen and protect an open, innovative and free Internet.
Collectively, these companies fork out millions of dollars each year lobbying D.C. lawmakers and public policy directors. Just this week, Facebook announced they spent $960,000 on federal lobbying expenses in the second quarter alone.
Do you trust these companies to be your “Voice” of the Internet?
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