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Today, The Internet Association, the unified voice of the Internet economy, welcomed Groupon as its 27th member, joining other major internet companies to forge a common voice in advancing public policy solutions to strengthen and protect Internet freedom, foster innovation and economic growth, and empower users.

“We’re very excited to join The Internet Association. It’s important that e-commerce companies have a cohesive and aggressive voice on high-level policy issues affecting the current and future state of the Internet,” said Brock Wanless, Groupon’s head of government affairs. “We believe The Internet Association is this cohesive voice, and we’re happy to add Groupon’s experience as an innovative, disruptive market force to their efforts.”

Groupon is a global leader of local commerce with a presence in more than 48 countries around the world. To date, Groupon has worked with more than 650,000 businesses––bringing tens of millions of customers through their doors. By leveraging the company’s more than 200 million subscribers and significant mobile and Web presence, Groupon has become one of the most effective marketing platforms for local businesses.

“The Internet Association welcomes Groupon to our strong, central voice on Internet policy. Groupon’s unique platform connects local merchants and customers. Its e-commerce efforts positively disrupt the traditional ways that Main Street businesses market products and bring customers to storefronts across the globe,“ said Michael Beckerman, The Internet Association President and CEO. “Groupon exemplifies how the Internet can be a remarkable growth engine for small businesses, creating jobs in every sector of the economy. Groupon’s policy perspective will add tremendous value as we amplify the Internet’s voice in Washington.”

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