Google, eBay, Amazon and Facebook are planning the formation of a lobbying group, named ‘The Internet Association’. The main reason behind the formation of the group is to get a platform where companies can raise their voice against federal officials who are after the tech industry.
Michael Beckerman, former deputy staff director of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and long time adviser to Rep. Fred Upton, will be leading the group.
The Internet Association will be launched in September, following which the list of sponsors and members will be revealed. Some of the prominent members of the group are Silicon Valley giants Google, Facebook, eBay and Amazon. Some of the issues that this firm will be taking care of include privacy legislation, online sales tax reforms, cybersecurity and proposed anti-piracy and copyright laws.
Beckerman on the release of ‘The Internet Association’ said: “…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.”