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A new lobbying group has been born in Washington. Major companies like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) have signed up behind Capitol Hill advisor Michael Beckerman to form The Internet Association. The public policy organization aims to “strengthen and protect Internet freedom, foster innovation and economic growth, and empower users.”
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The dawn of Internet lobbying could be tagged at January 18, 2012, when the Internet “went dark” in protest of the SOPA and PIPA acts. In what was effectively a massive demonstration, more than 10 million Americans and 100,000 websites, including major companies, defended their culture and economy. Hundreds of millions of people use the Internet for personal reasons, and thousands of companies make their money by servicing their wants and needs. The Internet has also evolved as a critical business-to-business tool.
McKinsey reported in 2011 that the Internet held an $8 trillion global economy, and was responsible for 21 percent of GDP growth in the world’s top economies over the last 5 years. The Internet Association puts a person in Washington to represent this industry, which has grown larger than the global agricultural industry.
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