Fourteen of the country's most recognized tech companies have banded together to lobby Washington on tech issues with the formation of a new trade group called The Internet Association. Companies joining this new group include Amazon, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace, Salesforce, TripAdvisor, Yahoo, and Zynga. The group is being led by Michael Beckerman, whose previous job was former deputy staff director of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. MIA from the list were Apple and Microsoft.
The group hopes to build on the success tech companies had earlier this year in fighting against legislation like SOPA and PIPA.
"SOPA and PIPA came almost out of nowhere and would have had a devastating impact," said CEO Beckerman.
We will have to wait and see if this new coalition has what it takes to play hardball in Washington the next time some crazy piece of legislation is unearthed.
Source: Washington Post