SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 17, 2012) - Gandi, a leading domain name registrar and cloud-hosting provider, today announced that it has joined the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition). Gandi joins 41 additional corporate co-founders representing global and U.S. Internet infrastructure providers and related tech firms. The i2Coalition officially launched this week.
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 the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) from becoming law. After mobilizing to ensure the Internet's free flow of information and commerce, Christian Dawson, i2Coalition co-founder and Board Chair, and other executives realized the ongoing need for an industry voice.
"The debate over SOPA showed us that we need to continue to educate everyone about the importance of maintaining an open Internet that promotes innovation and freedom of expression," said Thomas Stocking, COO, Gandi.net. "The formation of the i2Coalition will go a long way in fostering a greater understanding of the internet, its users and those responsible for it staying 'on.'"
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, 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 http://i2coalition.com/get-involved/ 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 an estimated direct and indirect $46 billion in annual revenue in 2010 with expected 20% growth by 2013, and a trade flow to the U.S. 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.
Founded in 1999, Gandi is a major international domain name registrar and cloud hosting provider. Gandi manages more than 1.3 million domain names and 163 extensions. Offering a world-class alternative to purely commercial registrars, and a low-cost, innovative, cloud hosting platform, Gandi provides hosting for a community of people working on technology that enables the Internet for business, while also advocating for the free and unrestricted sharing of information and the promotion of the respect of individual rights. Organizations that Gandi.net supports include Creative Commons, EFF, and Students for Free Culture, among others. You can follow Gandi on Twitter @gandibar. For more information, please visit: www.gandi.net or call 410 429-7402.