Amsterdam based leading provider of email security products, SpamExperts announced that it has joined the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) as a Founding Member. With 41 current member companies, the i2Coalition is comprised of key players representing global and U.S. Internet infrastructure providers and related tech firms. 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.
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.
“SpamExperts decided to become a Founding Member of the i2Coalition after being invited to the introduction meeting during HostingCon 2012 in Boston, welcoming the initiative of creating an organization to represent the interests of the internet industry players. We are proud to be among the founders who are bringing this association into being. Although SpamExperts is a non-US based company, we have decided to join as the internet industry is not geographically bounded and international market standards should be reached and implemented. We strongly believe that by being part of the i2Coalition founding members and Advisory Council, as well as being involved in the international policy subcommittee will give us the tools to make our voice heard and contribute to settling legislation and norms which will generate a meaningful positive impact at a global level.” said Sam Renkema, CEO of SpamExperts.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
• Allen 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, AiNET®, Applied Innovations, Arvixe, LLC, Black Lotus Communications, Cheval Capital, Inc., Cloud Marines, Codero Hosting, cPanel Inc., Data Foundry, DiscountASP.Net, Endurance International Group, FireHost, Fortress ITX, Gandi.net, Green Olive Tree, Handy Networks LLC, Hedgehog Hosting, iNet Interactive, Judah Johns, Jumpline, Koston Consulting, LuxCloud MediaTemple Inc.,
OnApp, Open Spectrum Inc., Parallels, ProfitBricks Inc., Rackspace, ServInt, SingleHop, SoftLayer, SpamExperts, Structure Research, Studio 1337, Tucows, UK2 Group, W. David Snead P.C., WebHostingBuzz.com, WiredTree, World Wide Web Hosting Inc., Zachary McClung.