Internet Association revealed but without Microsoft and Apple

Do we really need yet another lobbying organization in Washington DC? A number of major tech businesses seem to think so. Today, it was revealed that 14 such companies have formed what they are calling the Internet Association.

The group's press release states that Google, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, and Amazon are among the companies that are among the founding members of the Internet Association. Other companies include Zynga, LinkedIn, eBay, Expedia, Monster.com, IAC, Rackspace, Salesforce and TripAdvisor.com  The press release states:

The Internet Association’s policy platform is based on three planks: protecting Internet freedom; fostering innovation and economic growth; and empowering users.  The Internet Association and its member companies engage in direct advocacy, educating policymakers on the profound positive impacts of the Internet and Internet companies on jobs, economic growth, freedom, creativity, commerce, productivity, education, prosperity and the global economy.

Michael Beckerman, the president and CEO of The Internet Association, adds,  "These companies are all fierce competitors in the market place, but they recognize the Internet needs a unified voice in Washington. They understand the future of the Internet is at stake and that we must work together to protect it."

While all of those goals sounds good on the surface, this new group lacks two of the biggest tech and Internet-based companies in its member list: Microsoft and Apple. We have emailed both companies to find out why they are not a part of the Internet Association.

Source: Internet Association

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PmRd said,
Let's start a car association without Honda and General Motors!
What? They make cars. You mean "lets start a car association without Chevron".

Since when do MS and Apple have anything to do with the internet? MS maybe due to IE but that's not at the level it was years ago either.

KCRic said,
What? They make cars. You mean "lets start a car association without Chevron".

Since when do MS and Apple have anything to do with the internet? MS maybe due to IE but that's not at the level it was years ago either.

Microsoft has Live@EDU a cloud internet service. Office 365. A huge initiative called Azure ... Bing, Skydrive. Microsoft needs the internet. It will be an integral part of their strategy moving forward.

Apple makes a web browser too (Safari( ... I do not think that matters too much. Apple is invested in the internet too with their iCloud initiative.

KCRic said,
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Since when do MS and Apple have anything to do with the internet? MS maybe due to IE but that's not at the level it was years ago either.

Erhm.. MS has just as many services as Google has - online.
Bing, Maps, Translator, Messenger, Outlook/Hotmail, Office 365, Azure, SkyDrive/Mesh, Word/Excel/PowerPoint/OneNote Web Apps, Calendar, MSN etc. etc.

They also have a web server (IIS) and a web browser (IE) and stuff like SharePoint, Exchange, Dynamics CRM Online, bla bla - and not to mention dev tools and frameworks for the web like ASP/ASP.NET.

ZYNGA? Ermm Zynga? Zynga? I am not really surprised that MS and Apple is not in organization, if Zynga is in this organisation because of " protecting Internet freedom; fostering innovation and economic growth; and empowering users."...

Great another bureaucratic group of companies that stand to do exactly what they state they aren't going to do if you don't play by their rules. They'll just throw their weight around as well.

If they were to stand by what is stated they wouldn't be or have a need to do this.

Apple are NOT the internet; I'm surprised by no MS. However, the three (3) -- Amazon (e-commerce), Google (search gaint), and Facebook (social networking gaint) -- are all good choices to start this association.

OT: John, I sent a suggestion for an article which I feel would be a good; did you guys recieve it?

Edited by gullygod, Sep 19 2012, 8:57pm :

We have emailed both companies to find out why they are not a part of the Internet Association.

Let me save you the trouble, John, if you really can't figure it out. All the companies you've listed are Internet based businesses. Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Aol, Expedia, Monster.com. You don't see the pattern here? Microsoft and Apple are computer software and hardware corporations. They are tech companies, but not Internet-based per se. Google is an example of an "Internet-based" company.

Probably because they didn't show much interest! Other than owing bunch of websites and developing browsers of their own, neither MS nor apple makes most of their money from website based business or ads. So makes sense, they were not in the IA.

Or they will join if this IA makes any difference in internet decisions.