The Internet Association Forms D.C. Tech Lobby

A report from Reuters today discloses that several major tech companies have formed a Washington lobby to be called The Internet Association. The group will act as a concerted voice on issues relating to visa allocation for engineers, online privacy, and piracy. 

Companies on board The Internet Association include Google, Amazon.com, eBay, Facebook, Yahoo!, Expedia, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, and Zynga.

"It is the Internet's decentralized and open model that has unleashed unprecedented entrepreneurialism," said Michael Beckerman, the Internet Association's President. "Policymakers must understand that the preservation of that freedom is essential to the vitality of the Internet itself and the resulting economic prosperity." 

The report notes the steady increase in resources committed by Google and Facebook to influence policy in Washington. After the spike in attention to these matters at the beginning of 2012, the creation of the Internet Association seems to suggest that fomenting a public groundswell -- as with the anti-SOPA and -PIPA campaigns --will not be enough to ensure preservation of a free climate on the Internet.