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Statement on the Digital Single Market

Washington, D.C. – Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issues the following statement on the European Commission’s plan to build a Digital Single Market:

“The Digital Single Market is a good opportunity to break down barriers between the 28 EU member states to the benefit of EU citizens.  However, we would have concerns if this opportunity was turned into protectionism against innovative U.S. Internet platforms — that EU citizens clearly rely on to engage in online speech and commerce.  The better way forward for digital growth and jobs in Europe is a positive reform agenda that promotes an open and innovative internet. The Internet and EU Internet users do not need or want an EU firewall.”