27 Jul 2012

Google, Facebook & Amazon Quietly Forming Tech Lobbying Group?



By V3 at Search Engine Watch:
Technology giants – and often competitors – Google, Facebook, Amazon, and eBay are expected to join forces to form a lobbying group known as the Internet Association (IA), Reuters reported.

The IA plans to launch sometime this September and will focus on getting Internet-related legislation passed by the U.S. government. Former congressional policy adviser Michael Beckerman will lead the group.

The group will be the first lobbying association to combine the forces of Internet companies for the sole purpose of advancing web-centric legislation.

"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," Beckerman said in a statement. "No one can predict what innovations will happen next. But we do know that the internet's decentralised 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,"

Beckerman is a former adviser to the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton. During his time with Beckerman chairman Upton came out against legislation like net neutrality and the creation of an Internet tax.


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