Google, Amazon, Facebook, and eBay join together lobbying efforts

Google, Amazon, Facebook, and eBay join together lobbying efforts
There have been a bunch of reports recently about just how much various corporations like Google and Facebook have been spending on lobbying efforts in Washington, and now it seems like the two giants are joining forces in those efforts. Additionally, Amazon and eBay have joined up with Google and Facebook to form The Internet Association, which is planned as a lobbying group which will fight for a free and open Internet. 

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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17 Comments

1. awin217

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 23, 2011

This is like the AVENGERS..!!

7. StringCheese01

Posts: 64; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

Exactly my thoughts as soon as I read this..ha! This news makes me happy :)

2. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Good to see Facebook has had a change of heart from their initial internet killing support of policies like SOPA and ACTA. I think Google and the others need to be wary of them though.

3. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

'... Association's mission to "strengthen and protect an open, innovative, and free Internet." ' Free of cost or free of restrictions?

4. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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.

5. AFnerdTP unregistered

do they really need more companies than them?

6. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

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.

8. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

It's ad that it even comes down to this....but it's a good thing!

9. marchels14 unregistered

maybe fight force against apple.maybe.

10. joey18

Posts: 665; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

Verizon and att data are overprice

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

14. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

without google you would have email, translators, maps, mobile OS, codecs in sh*ts... and all this you have for free ;)

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google hasn't been Google in years. I can get all of those free on other sites to.

17. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

no, you can not in a such quality ;) without google you have no h.264 for free, such a good translators, searchers, maps on bing or iOS ;)

12. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Clash of the Titans :p

13. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

I don't know guys but i smell fish... there's some agenda to it.

15. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

some one is trying be good and you immediately have to tell us it smells......are you paid by government, Apple, Microsoft, Sony??

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