Monthly Archives: December 2017

December 21, 2017 | News, Statements

Statement on Gov. Cuomo’s Online Election Advertising Proposal

Albany, NY — John Olsen, Internet Association Executive Director for the State of New York, issued the following statement on Gov. Cuomo’s online election advertising proposal:

“Internet Association commends Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers for starting a discussion about how to ensure greater transparency in online election advertising. IA is working with Federal policymakers on possible federal legislative solutions to ensure consistency for digital platforms. Solutions should focus on improving transparency generally and preventing foreign governments or their agents from using online platforms to disrupt the integrity of elections while also protecting privacy, legitimate free speech and political debate online.”

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December 20, 2017 | News, Statements

Statement On Rep. Nadler’s Appointment As Ranking Member Of The House Judiciary Committee

IA President & CEO Michael Beckerman released the following statement on the election of Rep. Jerry Nadler as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee:

“The internet industry congratulates Rep. Nadler on his election as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Nadler has a long track record of leadership on internet issues and understands the value and contribution of the sector to the American economy.

“We also want to thank Rep. Lofgren for her leadership on internet policy. The work of the Judiciary Committee is vital to maintaining a thriving internet ecosystem and we look forward to working with Ranking Member Nadler, Rep. Lofgren, and all Members of the Committee in the new year.”

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December 19, 2017 | News, Statements

Statement On The Open Internet Preservation Act 

Washington, DC – Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman released the following statement on the introduction of the Open Internet Preservation Act by Chairman Marsha Blackburn:

“The internet industry supports a lasting solution that enshrines strong, enforceable net neutrality protections for consumers into law. While Chairman Blackburn’s bill in its current form isn’t that solution, she should be commended for moving this conversation forward.

“The proposal circulated today does not meet the criteria for basic net neutrality protections – including bright-line rules and a ban on paid prioritization – and will not provide consumers the protections they need to have guaranteed access to the entire internet. Net neutrality in name only is not enough to protect our economy or the millions of Americans that want and rely on these rules. Real net neutrality legislation should be bipartisan and have input from other stakeholders, including the user community, public interest groups, and industry. Internet Association has and will continue to work with all stakeholders in every relevant venue to ensure consumers are protected.”

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December 14, 2017 | News, Statements

Statement On FCC Vote To Approve The “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” That Will Gut Net Neutrality Protections

Washington, DC — Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement in reaction to the FCC’s vote to approve the “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” that will gut net neutrality protections for consumers:

“The internet industry opposes Chairman Pai’s repeal of the 2015 Open Internet Order. Today’s vote represents a departure from more than a decade of broad, bipartisan consensus on the rules governing the internet. Relying on ISPs to live up to their own ‘promises’ is not net neutrality and is bad for consumers.

“Let’s remember why we have these rules in the first place. There is little competition in the broadband service market – more than half of all Americans have no choice in their provider – so consumers will be forced to accept ISP interference in their online experience. This is in stark contrast to the websites and apps that make up Internet Association, where competition is a click away and switching costs are low.

“The fight isn’t over. Internet Association is currently weighing our legal options in a lawsuit against today’s Order, and remains open to Congress enshrining strong, enforceable net neutrality protections into law.”

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December 13, 2017 | News, Statements

IA Statement on E-Commerce Discussions at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference

Internet Association Director, Trade & International Policy Ari Giovenco issued the following statement on e-commerce discussions at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference:

“The internet industry applauds the joint statement by 70 like-minded WTO members on initiating exploratory work on global e-commerce rules. Breaking down barriers to e-commerce has the potential to provide vast opportunities for American small businesses and exporters who use the internet to reach foreign customers. We look forward to working with governments on defining the substance of talks. The U.S. is home to the world’s leading internet companies and it is our hope USTR takes a key leadership role in these discussions. In addition, we congratulate WTO members for extending the long-standing practice of prohibiting customs duties on electronic transmissions”

The Joint Statement on Electronic Commerce can be found here.

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December 13, 2017 | News, Statements

Statement On The Finalized White House IT Modernization Report

Brian Larkin, Internet Association Director of Cloud Policy, released the following statement on the final version of the White House IT modernization report:

“The internet sector thanks the American Technology Council (ATC) for their diligent work and extensive stakeholder outreach on federal IT modernization. Today’s updated report affirms the need to adopt innovative, commercial cloud services, which provide better, more cost-effective, and more secure solutions. We commend the ATC for maintaining this emphasis and look forward to continued collaboration to ensure modernization efforts best serve the interests of government and taxpayers.”

December 12, 2017 | News, Statements

IA Statement Commending Passage of The MGT Act

IA President & CEO Michael Beckerman released the following statement on the passage of the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act of 2017:

“The internet industry applauds today’s final passage of the MGT Act. This commonsense, bipartisan measure promises to facilitate a more secure and modern IT infrastructure for federal agencies, including through wider adoption of commercial cloud services. Roughly three-quarters of the federal government’s $80 billion-plus IT budget is spent to maintain often outdated, legacy systems, undermining cybersecurity, citizen services, and taxpayer value. The MGT Act addresses this through new working capital accounts and a $500 million fund to accelerate long-overdue modernization.

“IA thanks Representatives Will Hurd (R-TX), Robin Kelly (D-IL), and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), as well as Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Tom Udall (D-NM), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Mark Warner (D-VA) for their longstanding support for IT modernization. IA also thanks President Trump and the White House’s Office of American Innovation for the important role they have played on this issue.”

December 12, 2017 | News, Statements

Statement On The Passing Of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee

Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman released the following statement on the passing of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee:

“Internet Association extends our deepest condolences to the family of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee. I can personally attest to Ed’s work as a champion of the internet economy and as force that spurred a renaissance of innovation in the Golden City. He will be missed.”

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December 11, 2017 | News, Statements

Statement In Support Of Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA)

Washington, DC — Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement in support of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA), as amended by Chairman Goodlatte’s Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute:

“Internet Association is committed to combating sexual exploitation and sex trafficking online and supports FOSTA, as amended. The internet industry will continue to work with any lawmakers interested in addressing this important problem.”

December 7, 2017 | News, Press Releases

Internet Association Welcomes Eventbrite As Newest Member

BECKERMAN: “Online platforms like Eventbrite empower small businesses and entrepreneurs to grow, market, and expand their businesses at little to no cost.”

 

Washington, DC – Today, Internet Association announced Eventbrite joined as the organization’s newest member. Eventbrite is the world’s largest ticketing and event technology platform, allowing individuals and organizations around the globe to create and power events that bring people together.

“Online platforms like Eventbrite empower small businesses and entrepreneurs to grow, market, and expand their businesses at little to no cost,” said Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman. “Eventbrite is exactly the kind of company we’re excited to have as a member of Internet Association.”

“Now more than ever, people are gathering for connection, expression, and change,” said Julia Hartz, Eventbrite co-founder and CEO. “Eventbrite exists for this very reason; our technology gives rise to events with purpose – whether that be to explore passions, raise money, learn from others, or demonstrate a point of view for, or against, an issue. We look forward to contributing to important industry discussions already taking place while also leveraging our unique platform to help fuel change.”

Eventbrite powers more than 3 million events in over 180 countries around the world every year. The company is expected to process more than 200 million tickets globally, generating approximately $4 billion in gross ticket sales in 2017.

“Bringing people together from around the world to celebrate their passions is what the internet is all about. We look forward to continuing to advance policies at the local, national, and international level that enable platforms like Eventbrite to thrive,” concluded Beckerman.

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Sacramento, CA — Internet Association Vice President, State Government Affairs Robert Callahan issued the following statement on the San Francisco City Attorney’s lawsuit to prevent peer-to-peer car sharing at SFO: “It is unfortunate that San Francisco’s City Attorney chose to block innovation and competition in the car sharing market at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Read more »

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