updated 04:30 pm EDT, Wed July 25, 2012
Internet Association is formed by four web giants to help lobby in Washington
Four giants in the tech and Internet world have banned together to form the Internet Association. It's meant to be a lobbying group that is dedicated to advancing public policy solutions and protect an open, innovative, and free Internet. Heading up the group will be the one-time Deputy Staff Director to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee Michael Beckerman.
The group will officially start operations in September, with a full list of members and sponsors due to be released then. The four companies named above, however, were named by an unnamed source.
The Association is expected to tackle issues such as privacy legislation, online sales tax reforms, cyber security, and proposed anti-piracy and copyright laws. The group's efforts will help to keep the Internet, which is currently largely unregulated, from being locked down based on the government's own wishes.