i2Coalition Honors Congressmen Doyle and Poe with Champion of Internet Freedom Award; Allison Heather and Stephen Mayhew with Internet Community Leadership Award
The i2Coalition held a private luncheon Tuesday, June 6th, in the Rayburn House Office Building to honor the recipients of its 2018 Champion of Internet Freedom Awards, Congressman Doyle (D-PA) and Congressman Poe (R-TX). The i2Coalition presents legislators who have made a beneficial impact on Internet policy with the annual award.
The ceremony opened with remarks by the luncheon sponsor Afilias representative Melinda Clem, Vice President of Strategy. i2Coalition c0-founders David Snead (General Counsel, cPanel) and Christian Dawson (Executive Director, i2Coalition) spoke about the work Congressman Doyle and Congressman Poe have done with the i2Coaliton as well as introducing i2Coalition Policy Director Monica Sanders to add final remarks and present the awards. The congressmen spoke at length during their respective acceptance speeches about the importance of the open internet, encryption, cybersecurity, and the importance of preserving the Internet as a driving economic force.
“Congressman Poe has spent his legislative career protecting the Internet and the technologies that make our economy possible. We are proud to honor him with our 2018 Champion of Internet Freedom Award. We are proud to honor Congressman Doyle with our 2018 Champion of Internet Freedom Award after the many years of work he has done to strengthen and protect the principles of the open Internet, including net neutrality.”, said i2Coalition Executive Director and Co-Founder Christian Dawson.
Additionally, we presented the 2018 “Ron Yokubaitis Internet Community Leadership Award” to longtime Internet infrastructure industry advocates and publishers, Allison Heather and Stephen Mayhew. Allison and Stephen were not able to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. iMiller PR Founder and CEO Ilissa Miller read Allison Heather’s acceptance speech in her absence. They were recognized for founding The Web Host Industry Review (TheWHIR). The WHIR made a name for itself as the foremost authority of the web hosting industry, from its founding in 2000 to the end of its 17-year publishing run, late last year.
i2Coalition Executive Director Christian Dawson stated “When Allison and Stephen built TheWHIR, they didn’t just build a new resource, they built a community hub around which an entire industry grew up, connected, and flourished. TheWHIR was our trusted source of information, and TheWHIR events provided not just networking, but fraternity and friendship. I can’t think of better community leaders to honor.”