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Internet Giants Form Lobbying Group

Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google and others will aim to give Internet a voice.

Amazon, eBay, Facebook and Google are teaming up to make sure they and their customers are heard in Washington.

The companies have formed The Internet Association, a lobbying group that will represent the interests of the U.S.’s top Internet companies and its users.

“The Internet Association is dedicated to advancing public policy solutions to strengthen and protect an open, innovative and free Internet,” the organization notes on its home page.

Michael Beckerman, the former deputy staff director to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, will head the group, which is expected to launch in September, and is expected to include other major Internet players.

Beckerman says the group’s “top priority” is to make sure officials in Washington, D.C., understand the impact the Internet and online companies have on jobs, the economy and freedom.

“The Internet must have a voice in Washington,” he notes in a statement.

In recent months, Internet companies have lobbied for lower restrictions regarding the hiring of foreign engineers as well as privacy and security matters, and online sales tax. A complete list of the companies involved in The Internet Association will be released in September.

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Olga Munoz
Olga Munoz is editor of TheOnlineSeller.com. In addition to writing news and feature articles about e-commerce, selling trends, online marketing and other topics of interest to online sellers, Olga manages the site's social media efforts. A journalism graduate of Chico State, Olga says her favorite part of being a journalist is learning interesting facts that help put stories into perspective, attending industry events and meeting interesting people "that leave you smiling, even in tough situations." Opinions expressed here may not be shared by The Online Seller and/or its principals.



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