Monthly Archives: January 2018

January 25, 2018 | News, Statements

Statement On The Introduction Of The Immigration Innovation Act

Washington, DC — Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on the introduction of the Immigration Innovation (I-Squared) Act:

“The internet industry supports the Immigration Innovation Act. One of the biggest economic challenges facing our nation is the need for qualified, highly skilled professionals, domestic and foreign, who can create jobs and immediately contribute to and improve our economy. This legislation will invest in our country’s competitiveness by providing high-skilled foreign workers and people trained in the U.S. the opportunity to stay in the U.S. to help our economy grow. It also promotes American ingenuity by providing additional funding for STEM education. The internet industry commends Sen. Hatch for advancing this important legislation.”


January 25, 2018 | News, Press Releases

IA Greenlights Music Modernization Act

BECKERMAN: “With IA’s support, the MMA now has the backing of the entire music community.”


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Internet Association sent a letter of support to Congressional sponsors of the Music Modernization Act (MMA) calling on them to advance the legislation. The bill will increase legal access to music for consumers and ensure prompt payment to songwriters for their music. The MMA will reform music licensing laws by replacing the current cumbersome and complex system for obtaining mechanical rights to songs with an efficient blanket licensing system built for the digital age.

“With IA’s support, the MMA now has the backing of the entire music community,” said Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman. “This bill builds on the internet innovations driving growth in the music industry to modernize music licensing laws. IA and our 40 members are fully committed to advancing this bipartisan legislation because it will strengthen the digital music revolution that’s bringing the industry -creators, consumers, and digital platforms- to new heights.”

Consumers’ top choice for music consumption is streaming, and its rise has led to back-to-back years of growth for the music industry. The MMA recognizes the shared success of internet models by improving choices for consumers, promising clarity for internet companies, and providing greater opportunities for compensation to publishers and songwriters.

The MMA modernizes the current system for obtaining mechanical rights to songs, which is cumbersome and complex. Today, licenses must be obtained on a song-by-song basis, which may have multiple co-writers, split across tens of thousands of music publishers. The MMA will create a blanket licensing system with collective administration, bringing simplification and clarity to the market.

From Internet Association’s letter of support, “The more than 40 members of Internet Association include the most innovative and forward-thinking companies in the world, including many internet platforms and services that depend on clear, reliable rules for licensing music. Such rules enable innovation and economic success. Success of traditional rights holders and contemporary internet models are intertwined. By fueling innovation, we can promote growth for diverse forms of creative expression.”

To read IA’s letter of support, click here.


January 24, 2018 | News, Press Releases

Internet Association And Rep. Gaetz Meet With Small Businesses In Pensacola, Florida To Discuss The Value Of The Internet To Main Street

CARROLL: “The internet means a better economy and a stronger community on main street in Pensacola.”


Pensacola, FL – Internet Association and Rep. Matthew Gaetz will tour with small businesses in Pensacola today as part of an “Internet Community Crawl” to hear about how main street businesses use the internet to grow, succeed, and thrive.

“The internet means a better economy and a stronger community on main street in Pensacola,” said Melika Carroll, IA Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs. “Online platforms help small businesses all across Florida – and the country – to create jobs and reach new customers. They also create a place for the community to come together and celebrate local artists, music, and more. The internet sector thanks Rep. Gaetz for joining us in Pensacola and for his hard work and leadership in Congress on policies that will enable further growth and innovation.”

Internet Association, IA member companies, and Rep. Gaetz will visit with four main street businesses in downtown Pensacola that use the internet to do businesses and grow their customer base.

The internet economy contributes almost $98 billion to Florida’s economy, and employs more than 188,000 Floridians, according to Internet Association research.

First at BlueJay’s Bakery, owner Justine Gudmundson-McCain will explain how social media engagement helped BlueJay’s grow from a table at the local market to a full storefront. Next, Joe and Alicia Sinkovich, owners of The Armored Frog furniture company, will describe their internet-reliant approach to furniture retail. At the third stop, Blue Morning Gallery, President Jim Sweida will detail how he uses social platforms to showcase local artists. At The Bodacious Family of Shops, General Manager Alan Bates will outline how the internet enabled the growth of the Palafox Place as a whole.

Escambia County Commission Chairman Jeff Bergosh and representatives from Internet Association companies, including Amazon, Google, and Facebook, will also attend.


January 22, 2018 | News, Press Releases

Internet Association Promotes Robert Callahan To Lead State Government Affairs, Expands Other SGA Team Roles

BECKERMAN: “The internet creates jobs and improves lives in every community, and I know Robert is the right person to work with policymakers in statehouses across the country to foster a thriving internet ecosystem.”


Washington, DC – Today, Internet Association announced the promotion of Robert Callahan to lead the association’s State Government Affairs team. Callahan previously managed IA advocacy efforts in Sacramento and the Western United States as IA’s California’s Executive Director.

“Robert has a proven track record of success advocating on behalf of the internet sector in multiple states, including California,” said IA President and CEO Michael Beckerman. “The internet creates jobs and improves lives in every community, and I know Robert is the right person to work with policymakers in statehouses across the country to foster a thriving internet ecosystem.”

Callahan will oversee Internet Association’s 50-State Government Affairs program as Vice President, State Government Affairs, and will report to Melika Carroll, Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs.

“Robert will be able to expand on his exemplary work in California with this new role,” said Carroll. “We have a robust state policy program and, with the support of a great team, Robert will continue to cultivate a strong internet business environment across the country.”

New York Executive Director John Olsen and State & Local Government Affairs Senior Manager Lauren Kimzey will be take on expanded roles in order to better serve IA members in state capitals across the country. Olsen now will oversee state government affairs in the Northeast, from Maine to Maryland, and Kimzey will take on additional responsibilities directing IA’s political engagement in California. Olsen, Kimzey, and Rose Feliciano, Manager, State Government Affairs, Northwest Region, will report to Callahan in his new role.


January 5, 2018 | News, Statements

Statement Announcing Intention To Intervene In Judicial Action To Preserve Net Neutrality Protections

Washington, DC — Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on the publication of the “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” that will gut net neutrality protections for consumers, startups, and other stakeholders:

“The final version of Chairman Pai’s rule, as expected, dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers. This rule defies the will of a bipartisan majority of Americans and fails to preserve a free and open internet. IA intends to act as an intervenor in judicial action against this order and, along with our member companies, will continue our push to restore strong, enforceable net neutrality protections through a legislative solution.”


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