Monthly Archives: June 2016

June 14, 2016 | News, Statements

Statement In Support Of The U.S. Court of Appeals Decision On Net Neutrality

Washington, D.C. – Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issues the following statement in support of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision to uphold the FCC’s net neutrality rules:

“The outcome of today’s U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling is a landmark event in the history of the internet. The court’s decision to uphold and recognize the legality of strong, enforceable net neutrality rules for both mobile and fixed broadband internet connections is a victory for U.S. consumers. Through this ruling, the court has ensured that paid prioritization, blocking, and discrimination of content has no place in a free and open internet. This will benefit all consumers, bring certainty to the internet community, and ensure that the open and innovative internet continues to flourish into the future. Internet companies will remain engaged to ensure enforceable net neutrality rules permanently protect consumers from censorship online.”

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June 2, 2016 | News, Press Releases

Internet Association Goes On The Air In Chicago To Support Home Sharing

BECKERMAN: “As currently written, the Mayor’s ordinance will have grave effects on anyone in the community who relies on the benefits of internet-enabled home sharing platforms, like Airbnb,  HomeAway, and FlipKey.”

 

CHICAGO, IL – The Internet Association today announced a comprehensive, seven-figure advertising strategy to ensure home sharing is preserved in Chicago. The campaign kicks off with a multi-week television ad buy across cable and broadcast as well as a radio buy. The campaign also includes digital and social elements.

The ads feature two Chicago residents: Carrie, a host, small business owner, and single mother of four from Logan Square; and Chester, a host, musician, and substitute teacher from Hyde Park. The radio ad, running across WVON, GCI, GRB, and WVAZ, can be heard here.

“Home sharing has revolutionized the way people experience cities like Chicago, creating tremendous economic opportunity for local residents and businesses,” said Michael Beckerman, Internet Association President and CEO. “Chicago has the opportunity to lead by example, harnessing the power of the Internet and home sharing to support neighborhoods and families across the city.”

The City’s current proposal would severely limit home sharing in Chicago and eliminate a vital economic lifeline for thousands of residents. The sharing economy is an example of internet-enabled innovation that increases quality and choice, while decreasing costs. This value proposition, along with the seamless connection of supply to demand, is unique to the internet and is reflective of all Internet Association member companies.

“As currently written, the Mayor’s ordinance will have grave effects on anyone in the community who relies on the benefits of internet-enabled home sharing platforms, like Airbnb, HomeAway and FlipKey,” continued Beckerman. “We also have concerns about potential conflicts with federal law.”

To learn more, visit http://protectchicagosmiddleclass.com/

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June 2, 2016 | News, Press Releases

Internet Association Advocates For Standard-Setting Approach To Internet Of Things

Beckerman: “In regulating the Internet of Things, policymakers should maintain the same flexibility to support innovation and growth that has made the U.S. a world leader in internet-driven technology and commerce over the past two decades.”


Washington, D.C. –
Today, the Internet Association submitted a comment to the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), as part of the Department of Commerce Digital Economy Agenda.

The comment voices support for a flexible, bottom-up approach to regulating the Internet of Things (IoT), which the McKinsey Global Institute estimates will have an economic impact greater than $3.9 trillion by 2025. Internet Association member companies provide the cloud infrastructure that helps power the IoT evolution, in addition to the design and manufacture of IoT devices such as Nest thermostats, Amazon Echo, and Oculus Rift.

“The Internet of Things is the next evolution of the internet, and it will jumpstart new and innovative ways that businesses and consumers interact with technology,” said Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of the Internet Association. “In regulating the Internet of Things, policymakers should maintain the same flexibility to support innovation and growth that has made the U.S. a world leader in internet-driven technology and commerce over the past two decades.”

The comment argues that regulating the IoT should be seen as a gap-filling exercise, as opposed to wholesale legislative and regulatory changes. “New laws and regulations should only be contemplated… as absolutely necessary and narrowly tailored to fill in critical gaps,” the comment states.

The Internet Association supports the development of open standards, allowing consumers to reap the full benefits of technologies and reducing barriers of entry for non-traditional internet companies and start-ups. Importantly, any standard-setting model should be private sector-led, open, voluntary, consensus-based, and nimble. The government has a role to play in encouraging industry standards and interoperability, but industry should drive the work.

Lastly, the Internet Association encourages flexibility in approaches to privacy and data security, and argues that encryption, data transparency, and data security practices will play an important role. The IoT “will create a greater need for flexible but robust approaches to online privacy and data security. In order for the economic benefits of the Internet of Things to be realized, privacy and data security practices will need to be robust enough to foster trust between consumers and device makers…At the same time, approaches to privacy and data security must also be flexible enough to allow for continued innovation in the Internet of Things space…Fortunately, however, the U.S internet industry and government have proven adept at striking this balance in the past, and the essential building blocks needed to establish end-user trust are already available. These building blocks include encryption technology, industry best practices for transparency in data use practices and data security, and the Federal Trade Commission’s time-tested, comprehensive policy and enforcement frameworks,” the comment states.

The comment also speaks to the mounting threat patent trolls pose to growth and innovation in the IoT space.

To read the full comment, click here.

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June 2, 2016 | News, Press Releases

Internet Association Expands Team with Addition of USTR Official, Slater Promoted to General Counsel

SLATER: “Ari has demonstrated a remarkable ability to navigate complex trade issues and bring stakeholders together to accomplish common goals.”


Washington, D.C.
– Today, the Internet Association announced the addition of Ari Giovenco as Director of Trade and International Policy. Giovenco most recently served as Senior Director for Congressional Affairs in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).  Prior to USTR, Giovenco worked on Capitol Hill for Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5).

“We are thrilled to have Ari join our team as we continue to engage on important internet issues in the United States and abroad,” said Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of the Internet Association. “Global trade and international regulations profoundly impact the growing internet economy, which currently makes up six percent of U.S. GDP.  Additionally, we are pleased to announce the promotion of Abigail Slater as our General Counsel.  Gail has been a trusted legal advisor since joining the association, and her promotion to General Counsel is a reflection of her work and our needs as a growing organization.”

Giovenco will report to Slater, who previously served as Vice President for Legal and Regulatory Policy.

“Ari has demonstrated a remarkable ability to navigate complex trade issues and bring stakeholders together to accomplish common goals,” said Slater. “He has done this from the frontlines at USTR, and his experience will be invaluable as we advocate for policies that enable the global internet community to grow and thrive.”

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