Earlier this week, we learned that Facebook really likes Washington, D.C. Now Facebook is teaming up with fellow online giants Google, Amazon, and eBay to form The Internet Association, which claims that it will lobby to “advance public policy solutions that strengthen and protect an open, innovative, and free Internet.”
The group announced its formation Wednesday, tapping Capitol Hill veteran Michael Beckerman as its president and CEO. Beckerman most recently was deputy staff director at the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees the country’s telecommunications and Internet policies.
Beckerman stated why there’s a need for such a group in a press release:
The Internet isn’t just Silicon Valley anymore: The Internet has moved to Main Street. 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. No one can predict what innovations will happen next. But we do know that the Internet’s decentralized and open model is what has enabled its unprecedented growth and innovation. We must guard against misguided attempts to handcuff this incredible source of job creation, freedom, and creativity.
The Internet Association will formally start in September, at which time the organization will produce more information about who else is leading the charge.
Readers: What good do you think The Internet Association can do?