A group of fourteen internet companies Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace, salesforce.com, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga have joined forces and formed a new lobbying group The Internet Association in order to strengthening and protecting a free and innovative internet. The association will be led by President and CEO Michael Beckerman and is based on the purpose statement: protecting Internet freedom; fostering innovation and economic growth; and empowering users.
The first official words coming from the group:
The member companies have joined forces to form The Internet Association, an umbrella public policy organization dedicated to strengthening and protecting a free and innovative Internet.
The Internet Association will relentlessly represent this critical economic sector, in partnership with Main Street businesses and individual users, to ensure that the Internet will always have a voice in Washington and a seat at the table.