New Internet Infrastructure Coalition Reminds Us That Internet Infrastructure Goes Beyond Just Telcos

from the good-to-see dept

One of the more frustrating things in watching policy debates concerning the internet is the assumption that "internet infrastructure" means the telcos (and, to some extent, the cablecos). There are a lot of other players who really build the nuts and bolts of the internet, and their views do not always match with AT&T's and Verizon's. So it's great to see the launch of a new trade group, called the Internet Infrastructure Coalition, made up a bunch of those "other guys." That includes web hosting firms, domain registrars, and tool providers for those infrastructure providers (like cpanel). The coalition came together out of a group of companies like this who helped fight against SOPA and PIPA, knowing that such laws were bad for infrastructure providers (AT&T and Verizon, in the meantime, remained mostly quiet on SOPA and PIPA). At the very least, having these players stand up and speak out about how the internet infrastructure is made up of a bunch of players beyond the big telcos would be good. Too often those guys drive the discussion, often at the expense of other important players...

Filed Under: infrastructure, innovation, policy, trade associations
Companies: i2 coalition, internet infrastructure coalition

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    Judah Johns, 18 Sep 2012 @ 5:09am


    I think you are missing the point. Though some of the backbone of the Internet was government subsidized, the majority of the infrastructure of the Internet is run by small to medium sized business. Even some of the biggest things now, like the latest undersea cables being put into the ocean are privately funded.

    But Mike was talking about the jobs that the Internet creates. Think of how many jobs would be affected if you just killed off Softlayer, UK2, RackSpace and ServInt... that number would be hard to calculate, but it would be ridiculously high if what affected them affected all hosted service providers, which is what this coalition aims to work against--laws and policies that are damaging to the Internet's SMBs.

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