Google, Amazon, Facebook and others are lobbying group in the U.S.
Major Internet companies, including Google, Amazon, Facebook, eBay and others, came together to create the “Association of Internet”, a lobby group that seeks to “educate” lawmakers on the Internet and companies in the sector. It is expected that the association was officially released in September this year.
The entity operates in Washington DC and will be led by Michael Beckerman, who previously worked as adviser to the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee of Congress.
“Internet is not just Silicon Valley. Internet has moved to Main Street. Our priority is to ensure that elected leaders in Washington understand the profound impact of the Internet and companies in the area of employment, economic growth and freedom, “said Beckerman to TG Daily.
Currently companies have their own teams of lobbyists, but to create a joint organization could improve efforts have been made separately (and possibly reduce the costs of having to go to convince parliamentarians separately). In the second quarter of this year, in fact, Google spent U.S. $3.92 million in lobbying, while Facebook allocated USD 960,000 USD, Amazon and eBay USD $690,000 USD $400,600 for the same purpose.
No doubt there are several Internet issues turning on the U.S. Congress in recent times: SOUP, PIPA, the net neutrality, etc..
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