May 21, 2014 | News, Statements

Statement on Senate’s Failure to Act on Patent Reform

Washington, D.C. –  The Internet Association’s President and CEO, Michael Beckerman issues the following statement regarding the status of patent reform in the Senate:

“The delay on a patent reform vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee is deeply disappointing. Patent abuse harms thousands of businesses – both small and large – from retailers to credit unions to main street businesses and the Internet community, as well as millions of consumers. Every day that reform is delayed is a win for patent trolls and a loss for hardworking Americans.

Last year, pro-reform stakeholders and consumer advocates united behind consensus patent reform legislation that passed the House of Representatives. It received the support of 325 Members of the House – a majority from both parties – and it was backed by President Obama. If it is not possible for the Senate Judiciary Committee to proceed with its own legislation, the Internet Association calls on Senate Majority Leader Reid to stand with innovators and bring the House-passed Innovation Act to the floor of the Senate for an up or down vote.”

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Internet Association Files Amicus Brief With California Supreme Court In Support Of Intermediary Liability Protections

BECKERMAN: “Protecting users’ right to free speech online is essential to preserving a dynamic economy, a free and open internet, and our First Amendment rights.”   Washington, DC – Today, Internet Association, along with the Consumer Technology Association, filed an amicus brief with the California Supreme Court in Hassel v. Bird in support of Yelp Read more »

Michael Beckerman Appears On Bloomberg Technology To Discuss Net Neutrality

IA President and CEO Michael Beckerman appeared on Bloomberg Technology yesterday to outline the internet industry’s position on net neutrality.  In the segment Beckerman defended the 2015 open internet order, which created strong, enforceable net neutrality rules. These rules promote competition, protect consumers, and preserve the free and open internet. You can watch the full Read more »

Internet Association FCC Ex Parte Filing

By ECFS Ms. Marlene H. Dortch Secretary Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, S.W. Washington, DC  20554 4/11/2017 Re: Notice of Ex Parte Presentation, GN Docket No. 14-28, WC Docket No. 16-106; CG Docket No. 02-278 Dear Ms. Dortch: Michael Beckerman, President and CEO, and Abigail Slater, General Counsel, of the Internet Association (IA) met Read more »

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BECKERMAN: “Protecting users’ right to free speech online is essential to preserving a dynamic economy, a free and open internet, and our First Amendment rights.”   Washington, DC – Today, Internet Association, along with the Consumer Technology Association, filed an amicus brief with the California Supreme Court in Hassel v. Bird in support of Yelp Read more »

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