by Mike Masnick
Tue, Sep 18th 2012 12:07am
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...
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