Google, Facebook, Amazon, and eBay form 'Internet Association' lobbying group

41

Four of the biggest web companies have apparently joined to form a coalition that will represent the interests of online services in Washington. The Washington Post reports that Google, Facebook, Amazon, and eBay are behind "The Internet Association," which was announced today. Led by former Congressional staffer Michael Beckerman, the Association will "advance public policy solutions that strengthen and protect an open, innovative, and free internet." It will launch in September, and we haven't yet seen a full member list — an anonymous source has told the Post that the companies above are most prominent.

While no policies are listed, it's not difficult to guess at potential issues. Google and Facebook were prominent opponents of SOPA, and Amazon and eBay have strong but conflicting opinions regarding online sales tax. All four companies have come out in favor of net neutrality laws, something which will likely become a core policy position. Google already lobbies heavily, but we're now seeing companies that operate almost solely online band together, potentially in opposition to carriers like Verizon and AT&T or industry groups like the MPAA. Let's just hope their favored policies end up being ones we can get behind.

Back to top ^
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Verge username and password

As part of the new Verge launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Verge going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Verge username and password

As part of the new Verge launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Verge going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5345_tracker