Google, Amazon, Facebook, and eBay join together lobbying efforts
posted by Michael H. / Jul 25, 2012, 1:59 PM
Michael Beckerman has been named as the first CEO of The Internet Association. Beckerman last worked as deputy staff director to committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), but stepped down last month. Overall, Beckerman has 12 years of experience on Capitol Hill. Beckerman will help to fulfill the Association's mission to "strengthen and protect an open, innovative, and free Internet."
Other than that, there isn't a lot of information about the group's plans. The group will officially launch in September at which point we will not only get a more complete list of goals for the group, but a full member list. Google, Facebook, Amazon, and eBay are the only known members right now, but there will be more companies joining up.
It seems like The Internet Association is going to be up against Verizon, AT&T and other carriers and ISPs, because as we've seen Verizon and other carriers want to be gatekeepers, control content going through their pipes, and prioritize their own services. There is going to be a lot of money on both sides, and this fight can quickly get ugly.
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This is like the AVENGERS..!!
posted on Jul 25, 2012, 2:09 PM 21
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'... Association's mission to "strengthen and protect an open, innovative, and free Internet." ' Free of cost or free of restrictions?
posted on Jul 25, 2012, 2:23 PM 0
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Free of cost... don't be ridiculous, who the hells wants to give you internet for free and magically runs servers with farts and pixie dust? Not even sure how you even thought up free internet, someone somewhere has to get paid for keeping this running.
posted on Jul 25, 2012, 2:27 PM 4
do they really need more companies than them?
posted on Jul 25, 2012, 3:15 PM 0
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yes the carriers have alot of money to back them up not to metions the ISPs wich include Comcast and Verison Fios ect. The more companies that join them the more money they have to bribe officials and thats how things get done.
posted on Jul 25, 2012, 3:30 PM 4
How can Google be fighting for free and open when they themselves are an example of a monopoly? They abuse their search engine results and gives preferences to searches they deem worthy of finding. I wonder why I see many Google+ numbers over Facebook likes in search results. If they're going to lobby for a "free and open internet" then they need to change their standards first.
posted on Jul 25, 2012, 9:42 PM 1
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without google you would have email, translators, maps, mobile OS, codecs in sh*ts... and all this you have for free ;)
posted on Jul 26, 2012, 1:00 AM 0
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I don't know guys but i smell fish... there's some agenda to it.
posted on Jul 25, 2012, 11:02 PM 0
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