The Internet is one of the greatest forces for innovation and economic creation in history. It offers the ability for billions of people to access information and connect with one another in milliseconds. And it’s enabled LinkedIn to connect talent with opportunity at massive scale for nearly a decade.

The policies that shape the future of the Internet have a direct impact on the well-being and livelihoods of the more than 175 million LinkedIn members around the globe, including more than 65 million Americans. We think it’s important that our policymakers and legislators hear from us, and other Internet companies, about the value that this platform delivers to Americans. That’s why we’re proud to be a founding member of The Internet Association – the unified voice of the Internet economy, representing the interests of America’s leading Internet companies and their global community of users.

We’re looking forward to participating in ongoing discussions in Washington with other members of The Internet Association by providing our unique perspective as the world’s largest professional network, particularly in the areas of closing the skills gap and creating economic opportunity. By extending our efforts to educate policymakers about the innovation economy, The Internet Association will bring a strong, focused, consistent voice to the discussion of issues critical to the ongoing success of the fastest growing sector of the U.S. economy. This includes advancing public policy solutions to strengthen and protect a free Internet, foster innovation and economic growth, and to empower users.

For more on the launch of The Internet Association, check out the video below and this op-ed written by Michael Beckerman, President & CEO of The Internet Association, on the untapped political power of “The Internet Vote”.