When it comes to Internet regulation, the top internet companies in the US have formed a lobbying group to strengthen their voice in Washington. According to a press release, Google, eBay, Facebook, and Amazon are among the members of the group, as the Washington Post was able to site a source that is familiar with the groups plans.
At this time the group had appointed Michael Beckerman as the president and CEO to lead The Internet Association, who was also the former deputy staff director to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees telecommunications and Internet policy.
President Barack Obama talks with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg before a dinner with Technology Business Leaders in Woodside, Calif., in February 2011. Also pictured is Art Levinson, Genentech chairman and former CEO.
"The Internet isn't just Silicon Valley anymore, the Internet has moved to Main Street," Beckerman said in the release. "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. "
The association is expected to officially launch in September, when it will release its full list of sponsors and members, as they plan to face a slew of regulatory issues, privacy, sales tax reforms, along with cybersecurity and proposed anti-piracy and copyright laws.