Codero Hosting Joins Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) as a Founding Member
September 17th, 2012
i2Coalition Provides a Public Policy and Advocacy Voice to Ensure the Future U.S. Growth of the $46 Billion Internet Infrastructure Industry
LENEXA, KAN. , September 17, 2012 – Codero Hosting announced that it will join the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) as a founding member. The i2Coalition comprises of the key players representing global and U.S. Internet infrastructure providers and related tech firms. The i2Coalition officially launched this week with 41 current member companies. The coalition’s inaugural video is available and highlights the chief mission and goals of the organization.
Codero has long been a pioneer in the internet infrastructure arena and has teamed up with i2Coalition to show its continued support of the organization’s goals to protect and continue Internet’s free flow of information and commerce. Alongside i2Coalition members, Codero had strongly opposed both the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA) in January of this year. Codero recognizes the need to protect intellectual property online. However, reasonable and well-functioning laws protecting these rights (such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act) are already in place. As a result, SOPA and PIPA legislation are unnecessary and would unreasonably infringe on the rights of United States citizens to freely publish and access information over the internet.
The genesis of the I2Coalition began in 2011, when Codero along with 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, Codero and other companies in the industry realized the ongoing need for a strong industry voice. The i2Coalition comprises those 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 free flow of information on the internet is as sacred as free speech in our society,” said Emil Sayegh, Codero President and CEO. “The i2Coalition was formed to prevent misguided legislation from taking root, and it succeeded. Going forward, the i2Coaltion will focus on the education of our society and legislators about how the internet currently works and how only the development of modern standards can adequately protect the Internet’s free flow of information and commerce while also securing individual’s rights.”
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 the i2Coalition site 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.