|Michael Beckerman; President & CEO|
The Internet Association (IA) is a United States industry trade group based in Washington, D.C., which represents internet companies. It was founded in 2012 by several companies, including Google, Amazon, eBay, and Facebook, and is headed by the president and CEO Michael Beckerman.
IA lobbies Congress, the courts, foreign governments, federal and state agencies, and state and local governments on a range of regulatory issues. The group also publishes economic research on the internet economy.
On July 25, 2012, news outlets reported that several internet companies, including Google, Amazon, eBay and Facebook were founding a new lobbying group. Michael Beckerman was appointed President and CEO of the new Internet Association, set to publicly launch in September 19 of that year.
The association contested the FCC's initial net neutrality proposal in July 2014, advocating stronger neutrality rules. It later praised the newer rules that surfaced in early 2015, advocating for net neutrality rules to apply equally to wireless and wired internet connections, and applauded the development of net neutrality legislation by the Republican Party in the US Congress, which was developed as an alternative to the FCC reclassification proposal.
It participated in the "Day of Action to Save the Internet" during the summer of 2017. It created a micro-site and video directing Americans to send comments to the FCC opposing the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, and stated plans to participate in lawsuits to overturn the Order as an intervenor.
In 2015, Internet Association president and CEO Michael Beckerman criticized the Seattle authorities for allowing transportation network company drivers to form unions, claiming that it would "undermine the ability of for-hire and ride-sharing companies to operate".
In 2017, the Internet Association opposed California AB 375, a data privacy bill that would require Internet service providers to obtain customers' permission to collect and sell their browsing history, citing desensitization and security as the basis for their opposition.
IA opposed Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher's "tipping bill", arguing that the market, not the state, should dictate company decisions in the sector. The group similarly opposed an FCC vote on net neutrality in December 2017.
IA backed intermediary liability protections when opposing FOSTA  and supporting Airbnb in its case against the city of San Francisco. IA also sponsored an advertising campaign in support of Airbnb in Chicago during the company's negotiations with the Emanuel administration regarding additional regulation and taxes.
Global internet governance
In 2016, IA led the coalition behind an amicus brief opposing an attempt to block the transition of internet domain oversight from the U.S. to an international governing body. The group then participated in the IANA transition which privatized the organization’s function at ICANN. The Hill listed it among the “Top 10 Lobbying Victories in 2016.” 
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