Google & Amazon, Two Of The Largest gTLD Applicants Team Up To Form A New Lobbying Group

Google and Amazon, two of biggest applicants for new gTLD’s just teamed up to form the InternetAssociation.org a new lobbying group.

According to the Washington Post other founding members include eBay and Facebook.

According the Internet Association’s website:

“The Internet Association is the unified voice of the Internet economy, representing the interests of America’s leading Internet companies and their global community of users. ”

“The Internet Association is dedicated to advancing public policy solutions to strengthen and protect an open, innovative and free Internet.”

According to the post the leader of the group will be Michael Beckerman, former deputy staff director of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Also according to the Post the group is concerned with “issues that directly affect their businesses: privacy legislation, online sales tax reforms, cybersecurity and proposed anti-piracy and copyright laws”.

In a release, Beckerman said: “…the Internet’s decentralized and open model is what has enabled its unprecedented growth and innovation. We must guard against misguided attempts to handcuff this incredible source of job creation, freedom and creativity.”

Comments

  1. says

    “representing the interests of America’s leading Internet companies and their global community of users.”

    Apparently all the internet users belong to these companies.

    And, “protect an open, innovative and free Internet.” includes owning and closing off large swaths of domain names for their exclusive use.

    But, their first objective with this is probably to fight Russia/ITU efforts to takeover on the world front.

  2. Michael H. Berkens says

    and to fight if the DOJ or someone in congress starts chatting about all the new gTLD applications Google and Amazon submitted many of them to run closed registries.

  3. says

    “The Internet Association is the unified voice of the Internet economy, representing the interests of America’s leading Internet companies and their global community of users. ”

    It is the “unified voice”? LOL.

    More like the voice of big business and monopolies.

    How are these new closed extensions opening the internet up?

    The whole gTLD program is shaping up to be a huge pile of crap.

    Brad

  4. says

    “…. to strengthen and protect an open, innovative and free Internet.”

    Lets start by keeping all the non-brand gTLDs open to the public and by distributing the second level domains within those gTLDs in a fair manner that doesn’t allow hoarding of all the good domains by just a few entities (including the registries themselves).

    -

  5. says

    Great! What Google and Amazon do not want you to know about is .LESS (dot-less). .LESS is the solution and the answer to level the playing field. AdvertisingStandards.org is the website you need to visit to learn more about this beneficial innovation.

  6. says

    You are correct, Domainsville.

    Hopefully the ICA will keep a close watch for any trademark application(s) this “lobbying” group … as well as consider sending them a C & D letter before they acquire common law TM rights.

    They need to find another name.

  7. says

    Hello MHB

    Seems the Hogs at the Trough are at it again. They have no intention of leveling the playing field for small businesses. I am sure their bribe money has the best of intentions for the Middle Class.

    This country is being bought by Big money, from elections to Health care.

    Don’t look now but things are getting a little out of hand.

    If we as Americans truly cherish our freedoms, we need to speak out.

    The trickle down theory is BS. The only thing that trickles is Bank accounts going Off Shore.

    We are hoping people wake up before they have Drones flying overhead to give FaceCrook a new way to take advantage of consumers.

    I stated from the beginning Beware FaceBook and some people looked at me like WHAT ?

    We are fast becoming a Nation of Guppies. Hopefully people rise up against the MACHINE.

    Peacefully but forcebaly.

    Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger)

  8. says

    Does the applications of new GTLDS tha majors companies are opened to others (non Us Companies) and to individuals ?
    Considering this : Is it a Free Innovative Internet we have ?
    By this little phrase :”Also according to the Post the group is concerned with “issues that directly affect their businesses: privacy legislation, online sales tax reforms, cybersecurity and proposed anti-piracy and copyright laws”.
    SHOULD WE UNDERSTAND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE WORST DANGEROUS LAWS THAN ACTA ?
    (For your memory : ACTA has been rejected by the European Parliament … the 4th of July)
    I really hope this is not going to happen like that !

  9. says

    that means you have a label on your head depending yours tastes, opinions, sex orientations, political ideas furthermore no CCTLDs can be added
    just imagine dot net dot web dot webs dot website !!!! WHAT innovation
    why is the dot app for application and top newgtld only for Us companies : This is the good question

  10. G says

    Maybe it’s to build an organisation which is strong enough to battle against government legislations.

    To prevent things like Google taking blame for indexing piracy sites.

    Perhaps it might even provide a more intelligent and sensible view to the likes of things like the stupid cookie law, which is a clear waste of time and money!

  11. says

    I think the domain name especially the dot com must be recognized as an asset, it has been recognized as a personal property by a court of justice in Ontario in September 2011.
    But in fact this a little more this a personal property and if there is not trademark it has right on a trademark so clearly this is
    a PERSONAL PROPERTY and an INTELLECTUAL property

    Usa has exported economic crises like the subprimes, and now they want to suppress the dot com’s references like the GOLD

    so the DOT COM must remain the reference and because of this it should be exchangeable against royalties, shares in the case of entrepreuneurship …it would creat growth taxes and jobs : everybody is gonna be happy

  12. says

    You can say what you want about IPv6 or the New gTLD programme.

    But any organisation that unites Google and Amazon has the potential to be ridiculously powerful in terms of Internet development and governance.

    I will certainly be keeping my eye on this.

    I personally think Google are one of the most innovative companies in existence. Sure, sometimes they prioritise profits, what businesses don’t! But you don’t get to dominate search the way Google has without being the best!

  13. G says

    Pierre G – IPV6 is a newer way of assigning address to devices on the internet. The current IPV4, where each device gets an IP address with a structure of 123.123.123.123, is limited in capacity – particularly when you consider the rest of the world waking up to the internet, then each person having a number of devices (computers, tv, phone, tablet, etc) which connects. We’re running out of addresses!

    IPV6 changes the format and increases the capacity dramatically.

  14. bunny says

    ipv6 is a joke. your provider has zero incentive to get transit for you.

    the internet runs on ipv4. and millions of addresses go unused. millions disappear overnight because of the way the registries allocate them.

    and ipv6 does not work with ipv4. incompatible. FAIL.

    the solution is not ipv6. it’s making better use of what we’ve got that works. that’s why nat has been so popular.

    layoffs at cisco. uh-oh.

    some changes in routing are on the horizon. the days of overpriced hardware sold by a handful of companies are numbered.

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