Monthly Archives: September 2015

September 24, 2015 | News, Statements

Statement on the EU Consultation on Online Platforms

Washington, D.C. – Today, Abigail Slater, Internet Association Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Policy, issued the following statement on the EU Commission’s release of its consultation on online platforms:

“We are pleased that the EU Commission’s public consultation on the regulatory environment for online platforms recognizes the lower prices and increased choice EU consumer receive from the Internet. However, we have to be mindful that platform regulation could end up slowing innovation. Today’s online services are highly competitive, offer wide consumer choice, zero switching costs and minimal barriers to entry — signs of a healthy, competitive marketplace. Consumers and businesses are already protected by existing regulations. Overregulation would end up being harmful to the flourishing of innovative business models. We believe that platforms can often be a vector of growth for their ecosystems, and hope that the results of the consultation will not harm that positive dynamic.”

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September 23, 2015 | News, Press Releases

Ellen Schrantz Joins Internet Association As Director of Government Affairs and Counsel

Woodworth: “As we continue to engage on policy issues that impact the evolving Internet economy, Ellen’s extensive Congressional experience will be an important asset to our team.”

 

Washington, D.C. – The Internet Association is pleased to announce the addition of its newest team member, Ellen Schrantz, who will serve as a Director of Government Affairs and Counsel in the organization’s Washington D.C. office.

Internet Association membership has grown to 36 companies — the most recognizable names online. Recent member additions include Coinbase, Dropbox, FanDuel, Intuit, Pandora, Pinterest, and Zenefits.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ellen to the Internet Association,” said Gina Woodworth, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs. “As we continue to engage on policy issues that impact the evolving Internet economy, Ellen’s extensive Congressional experience will be an important asset to our team.”

Ellen currently serves as the Counsel for Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), where she played an integral role in the establishment of the Congressional Caucuses on the Internet of Things and the Sharing Economy. Previously, Ellen served as Counsel for The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where she worked on a broad swath of technology and immigration issues as a professional staff member.

“Ellen is an excellent addition to our growing team,” said Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of the Internet Association. “Her deep roots in technology policy at the federal level will be a great benefit to our member companies as we continue advocating for policies that promote and protect Internet growth and innovation.”

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September 21, 2015 | News, Press Releases

Internet Association Files Briefing In Support Of FCC’s Net Neutrality Order

Beckerman: “Internet companies and their users demand an open Internet, free of throttling, blocking, and other forms of discrimination online.”

 

Washington, DC – Today, the Internet Association filed an Amicus Curiae brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order. This is the first time the Internet Association has commented on the specifics of the final FCC Open Internet Order.

The brief argues that the FCC properly used its authority to adopt rules that protect an open Internet. In previous filings, the Internet Association has maintained that the FCC should use all of its authority to create rules that prevent paid prioritization, blocking, and other forms of discrimination online. The Internet should continue to be a place where Internet companies can compete on an even playing field, and users, not broadband providers, pick winners and losers.

“Internet companies and their users demand an open Internet, free of throttling, blocking, and other forms of discrimination online. The FCC created strong, enforceable rules that prevent gatekeepers from censoring the Internet, and the Order should be upheld by the Court,” said Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of the Internet Association.

In the brief, the Internet Association outlines why enforceable net neutrality rules are necessary to protect Internet users:

“ISPs have absolute control of the physical layer of their networks. That control, coupled with the fact that ‘all end users generally access the Internet through a single broadband provider,’ places them in the unique position of ‘gatekeeper’ with respect to edge providers that might seek to reach its end-user subscribers. This power ‘distinguishes broadband providers from other participants in the Internet marketplace … who have no similar ‘control [over] access to the Internet for their subscribers and for anyone wishing to reach those subscribers.’”

The brief also highlights the increasing importance of mobile broadband and the need to apply the net neutrality order to mobile broadband because it “is becoming a fundamental tool in bridging economic, educational, and social divides.” With more people accessing the Internet through their mobile device now than ever before, the need to ensure the equal treatment of content via mobile broadband has never been more imperative.

“There is only one Internet. Users expect to get what they pay for – access to an uncensored Internet regardless of how they connect,” said Beckerman. “The FCC Order correctly provides users on mobile broadband the same protections they expect connecting from their home or office. Upon reviewing the Order, we are encouraged that the FCC is also monitoring the points of interconnection that could be used to create a bottleneck that degrades a user’s Internet connection,” Beckerman concluded.

To view the brief, click here.

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September 17, 2015 | News, Statements

Statement on the Consumer Review Freedom Act

Washington, D.C. – Today, Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on the introduction of federal anti-SLAPP legislation entitled the Consumer Review Freedom Act (S. 2044):

“Creating a strong national standard protecting freedom of speech online is fundamental to the success of the Internet. Meritless lawsuits filed for the sole purpose of intimidating consumers and stifling public debate must be addressed by Congress. The Internet industry thanks Sen. Thune, Sen. Schatz, and Sen. Moran for their leadership on this important issue, and looks forward to the eventual passage of the Consumer Review Freedom Act.”

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September 10, 2015 | News, Press Releases

The Internet Association Syncs with New Member Dropbox

Beckerman: “Dropbox is a natural fit for our Association, harnessing the power of the cloud to share files and make them easily accessible.”

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Internet Association is excited to announce that Dropbox, the leading cloud-based collaboration network, has become the organization’s 36th member. Founded in 2007, millions of people around the world use Dropbox to work the way they want, on any device, wherever they go.

“As the Internet economy continues to innovate and grow, we believe it’s critical for Internet firms to speak up on behalf of their users with a unified voice,” said Amber Cottle, Head of Global Public Policy & Government Affairs. “We’re proud to join the Internet Association and look forward to supporting public policy outcomes that advance the interests of people who use Dropbox.”

In just eight years, Dropbox has grown to 400 million users around the world. Today, over 100,000 companies also use Dropbox for Business to work smarter across industries.

“The Internet Association welcomes Dropbox to our growing community of Internet companies,” said Michael Beckerman, Internet Association President and CEO. “Dropbox is a natural fit for our Association, harnessing the power of the cloud to share files and make them easily accessible. We look forward to benefitting from their unique perspective and insight as we advocate for public policies that are important for the continued growth of the Internet industry.”

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