Group to Provide a Public Policy and Advocacy Voice to Ensure the Future U.S. Growth of the $46 Billion Internet Infrastructure Industry
Washington, DC – Today, cPanel announced that it will join the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition). With 42 current member companies, the i2Coalition is comprised of key players representing global and U.S. Internet infrastructure providers and related tech firms. In recognizing this, cPanel is excited to welcome i2Coalition’s own Christian Dawson to our cPanel 2012 Conference Tuesday, October 9th, 2012, as a keynote speaker. The i2Coalition officially launched this week with an inaugural video from co-founder, and Board Chair, Christian Dawson, highlighting the mission and goals of the organization. Visit www.i2Coalition.com to view the video, and hear more about it during his cPanel Conference 2012 keynote.
The i2Coalition supports the trailblazing enterprises that make significant private investments and drive innovation for the “nuts and bolts” of the Internet – including web hosting and data center providers, registries and registrars, software and service delivery and cloud computing services. The genesis of the organization began in 2011, when many of the i2Coalition’s founding and charter members joined forces during the successful effort to prevent Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) from becoming law. After mobilizing to ensure the Internet’s free flow of information and commerce, Dawson and other executives realized the ongoing need for an industry voice.
cPanel’s VP of Operations, Aaron Phillips, says, “When launching this, they went out to key industry leaders to get involvement, and in the process, they enlisted charter members that have the strategic vision, professional background, and enough skin in the game to make a difference.”
The i2Coalition members share a common goal: to be the principle voice and leading advocate for the Internet infrastructure industry. The coalition will facilitate public policy education and advocacy, develop market-driven standards formed by consensus, and give the industry a unified voice. Members will receive the support and tools they need to be heard in Washington and by their state and local officials across the country. Interested parties can visit http://i2coalition.com/get-involved/ for more information about membership.
“We believe the continued expansion of the Internet is vital for fostering economic growth in the U.S.,” said Christian Dawson, i2Coalition co-founder and Board Chair. “The i2Coalition will serve as a liaison between its members, the public they serve and policymakers to ensure that the Internet infrastructure industry continues to harness the full potential it has for creating jobs and driving innovation in the United States.”
According to a market research study by Tier1 Research, the Internet infrastructure industry generated and estimated direct and indirect $46 billion in annual revenue in 2010 with expected 20% growth by 2013, and a trade flow to the United States of $9.2 billion. New jobs more often than not require a reliable infrastructure for the Internet, and the industry drives innovation at every level.
The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) supports those who build the nuts and bolts of the Internet, and we treat it like the noble profession that it is. We believe the continued growth of the Internet is vital for growing an environment of innovation in America and seek to engage in ways to foster success of the Internet and Internet infrastructure industry. We seek to influence decision makers to weigh decisions on whether they are good or bad for the Internet economy and its foundational industries. In short, we seek to foster growth within the Internet infrastructure industry by driving others to harness the Internet’s full potential. To learn more about i2Coalition, visit www.i2Coalition.com.
i2Coalition Board of Directors
David Bryson, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Endurance International Group
Christian Dawson, Chief Operating Officer, Servint (co-founder and Board Chair)
Dennis Johnson, Senior Community Advisor, iNET
Aaron Phillips, Vice President of Operations, cPanel, Inc.
Alan Schoenbaum, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Rackspace Hosting, Inc.
David Snead, Attorney, W. David Snead P.C.(co-founder)
i2Coalition Founding Members
A Small Orange
Black Lotus Communications
Cheval Capital, Inc.
Endurance International Group
Green Olive Tree
Handy Networks LLC
Open Spectrum Inc.
W. David Snead P.C.
World Wide Web Hosting Inc.