The i2Coalition believes that an open and free Internet drives economic growth and enhances the lives of people across the United States and around the globe. As an organization, we promote policies that foster continued development and expansion of the Internet.

Policy Principles

While our specific legislative priorities may change based on current legislation, we maintain our core principles for all potential government action and collaboration including:

  • Supporting a multi-stakeholder process for determining rules and regulations that gives key constituencies a voice in the internet governance process
  • Developing market-driven standards for policymaking that recognize the unique challenges and opportunities the Internet creates
  • Embracing balanced legislative and regulatory approaches that promote growth and adoption of innovative technology
  • Safeguarding the rights of individuals to preserve privacy and communicate freely
  • Promoting cooperation between government and industry leaders to achieve better policy
  • Encouraging voluntary adoption of best practices to achieve shared objectives

Other key current policy priorities within U.S. markets include:

Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)

Enacted in 1986, ECPA specified standards for law enforcement agency access to electronic communications and associated data, affording important privacy protections to subscribers of emerging wireless and Internet technologies. Technology has advanced dramatically since 1986, and the statute is in need of significant revision.

The i2Coalition believes ECPA reform must meet several specific tests:

 

  • Establish consistent privacy protections, including enacting a warrant requirement for government searches of email and other electronic communications
  • Ensure that traditional Fourth Amendment constitutional guarantees of due process are upheld
  • Not erode the United States’ competitive economic advantage around the globe by creating the impression that U.S. law enforcement entities have easier access to electronic data than law enforcement entities in other parts of the world.

 

Patent Reform

As members of the Internet infrastructure industry, we all value intellectual property and believe that inventors should be protected and permitted to profit from their innovations. At the same time, we must have a rational patent system that promotes growth rather than inhibiting progress.

Patent Assertion Entities or “patent trolls” represent a clear threat to the Internet infrastructure industry. When often-faceless entities possess software patents and leverage them to make baseless claims against legitimate businesses, they stifle growth. Rather than doing the hard work of building and innovating, these patent trolls profit from frivolous lawsuits that undermine the spirit of intellectual property.

Stopping frivolous lawsuits by patent trolls is essential for our industry. The i2Coalition supports legislative initiatives that aim to fix this problem, including the Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013. Senator John Cornyn’s (R-TX) legislation would preserve the fundamentals of the patent system, while protecting the hundreds of thousands of businesses that are currently subject to victimization by a handful of people who are taking advantage of a broken patent system.

Any proposed amendment to the U.S. Patent Act should protect end users of patented technology from patent infringement claims. This protection is needed because patent trolls harass those who use a product or service rather than sue its manufacturer.

For more details about our public policy positions, please review the posts below or contact us at membership@i2Coalition.com.

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