Founded in 2012 by a diverse group of Internet infrastructure companies, the Internet Infrastructure Coalition supports and represents those who build the nuts and bolts of the Internet. We treat the work of the Internet infrastructure industry like the noble profession that it is.
Our coalition launched at a significant time in our industry’s history. The genesis of the organization began in 2011, when many of the i2Coalition founding and charter members joined forces during the successful effort to prevent SOPA and PIPA from becoming United States law. After mobilizing to ensure the Internet’s free flow of information and commerce, we realized the on-going need for an industry voice.
The i2Coalition is now the leading voice for hosting companies, data centers, registrars and registries, software services providers, and related tech firms on both the domestic and international stages. We have made great strides on initiatives that affect our industry and the internet as a whole – issues like open access, mass surveillance, cybersecurity, patent reform, customer privacy, the IANA transition and Internet governance. These issues and our organization have never been more relevant or important for protecting our industry, and we do so with the strength of our membership. According to Gartner, the Internet infrastructure industry will generate $131 billion in annual revenue and is growing at a rate of nearly 20% per year.
The economy is dependant on the continued growth of the Internet infrastructure industry; it is vital for creating an environment of innovation globally, and domestically.
We are the people who build and maintain the Internet.
- We seek to foster growth and the success of the Internet and Internet infrastructure industry across the globe by driving others to harness the Internet’s full potential. We promote market-driven standards for policymaking that recognize the unique challenges and opportunities the Internet creates.
- We represent the interests of our industry to governments and to relevant regulatory agencies. Specifically, we seek to educate decision makers, thought leaders, legislators, the media and regulatory stakeholders on the complexities and workings of the Internet infrastructure so that they can weigh outcomes for the Internet economy and its foundational industries.
- We develop & share industry best business practices with i2Coalition members. Our Best Practices working group identifies good actors across the internet and partners with them to support their efforts. Encouraging voluntary adoption of best practices is the best way to achieve shared objectives
- The Internet Infrastructure Coalition has a deep interest in the way the Internet is “governed.” Each of our member companies is affected by decisions made in regard to Internet governance, and we are increasingly involved in the institutions created by the Internet community to guide the development of the Internet. It is our firm belief that participation in these processes and governing bodies is not only a civic duty, but also an economic necessity.
- We believe in and advocate for a multi-stakeholder process for determining rules and regulations that gives key constituencies a voice in the Internet governance process on a global stage.