New US lobby calls for 'free, innovative' Internet
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A new Washington lobby group - comprised of the biggest firms in the online space - formally launched on Wednesday, saying it would fight for a "free and innovative" Internet.
The Internet Association, calling itself the first trade association representing the interests of the Internet economy, released its list of 14 member companies that make up "the backbone of the Internet economy."
"A free and innovative Internet is vital to our nation's economic growth," said Mr Michael Beckerman, president and chief executive of the group.
"These companies are all fierce competitors in the marketplace, but they recognize the Internet needs a unified voice in Washington. They understand the future of the Internet is at stake and that we must work together to protect it."