date icon March 28, 2013 category icon Press Releases Videos

Internet on Main Street Tour Hits Austin

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internet on Main Street tour recently stopped in Austin to highlight local entrepreneurs using the Internet in innovative ways to grow their businesses and create jobs. During SXSW this month, The Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman was joined by Congressman Blake Farenthold (TX-27), the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Austin Independent Small Business Alliance, the City of Austin, and the small business community on a business crawl along South Congress. The tour included stops at some Austin South Congress business staples including: Wet Salon, Parts & Labour, Heritage Boots, Lingo-Live, and Home Slice Pizza.

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date icon March 25, 2013 category icon ICYMI

ICYMI- Rackspace seeking wins in D.C. with lobbyists

For most of Rackspace Hosting Inc.’s existence, its executives thought they could avoid the political machinations of Washington. After all, San Antonio-based Rackspace is an Internet company, and if there’s one thing that has avoided almost all forms of regulation since its creation, it’s the Internet.

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date icon March 19, 2013 category icon Press Releases Statements

The Internet Association Statement on Bipartisan Leahy-Lee ECPA Reform Bill ECPA law must be updated for the digital age

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Internet Association, the unified voice of the Internet economy, representing the interests of leading global Internet companies including Airbnb, Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace, salesforce.com, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga, issued the following statement regarding Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introducing a bill today that would reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The Internet Association supports updating the ECPA privacy law.

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date icon March 19, 2013 category icon ICYMI

ICYMI- The Internet Association Launch Party at Capitale

When you represent big names like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and eBay on the Hill, your launch party is definitely going to attract a cast of characters. The Internet Association (IA) pulled out all the stops for their much anticipated party at Capitale last Thursday, successfully bridging the gap between policy wonks, trendsetters, and the rising DC tech scene.

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date icon March 15, 2013 category icon ICYMI

ICYMI- Partygoers Pick up Spray Paint

At last night’s launch of The Internet Association, the turnout was cooler than one might think for such a geeky subject matter.

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date icon March 15, 2013 category icon ICYMI

ICYMI- Broadband & Beltway Combine At The Internet Association Launch Party

In his 2013 State of the Union, President Obama made his case to the American people for a reformed immigration system that would attract “highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our economy”. Around the same time, over a dozen of America’s leading Internet companies were in the process of organizing a new Washington-based trade organization that would serve as “the unified voice of the Internet economy.”

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date icon March 15, 2013 category icon ICYMI

ICYMI- Kate Upton’s Uncle, Google’s Adam Kovacevich: D.C. Scene

At a party hosted by the Internet Association last night, he said that under his direction the committee went “paperless” two weeks ago. He now relies on the Internet more than ever, and he feels “naked” without his BlackBerry.

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date icon March 14, 2013 category icon ICYMI

Could This Man Lure You to a Party?

“The largest foe is just a misunderstanding of how the Internet works,” Beckerman, not just a pretty face, told Adweek in an interview late last year. “Individual companies are better suited in dealing with their users and customers than the government. Laws and regulations get written based on what we know today and aren’t mindful of innovations that might occur a year or five years from now.”

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date icon March 14, 2013 category icon ICYMI

ICYMI- Over 100 Leading Tech Executives Urge President Obama and Congress to Enact High-Skilled Immigration Reform

More than 100 executives from the technology sector and leading innovation advocacy organizations today called on President Obama and Congress to approve legislation this year to reform America’s high-skilled immigration system.

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date icon March 8, 2013 category icon Letters Other

The Internet Association FTC Data Collection Workshop Comment

Excerpt: Thank you for the opportunity to provide this comment on the topics discussed at the Federal Trade Commission’s recent workshop on “Comprehensive Online Data Collection.” To read the Internet Association’s letter, click here.    

date icon March 7, 2013 category icon ICYMI

ICYMI- W.H. Seeks Tech’s Help on Immigration

The Democrats’ strategy for achieving immigration reform is coming into view: promise the tech industry what it wants in exchange for help lobbying for a comprehensive solution.

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date icon March 6, 2013 category icon ICYMI

ICYMI- Congress Fights IT’s Biggest Bully

The greatest threat to innovation may be the same thing that stifled the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Trolls!

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Washington, DC – Internet Association Associate General Counsel Elizabeth Banker issued the following statement on the introduction of the Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Brian Schatz (D-HI): “The internet industry appreciates the bipartisan effort by members of the Commerce Committee to advance the conversation around privacy as it relates… Read more

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