(The Hosting News) – An integral group representing key players in the web hosting industry held a highly anticipated event on Capitol Hill Wednesday – attracting the attendance of top lawmakers including U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) along with U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA).
Known as the i2Coalition, the group’s aim is to help maintain the web as an “environment of innovation” by weighing issues that affect the stability of web’s infrastructure.
During “Internet Education Day,” attendees had the chance to visit fifteen demonstration booths organized by providers including cPanel, Black Lotus, LeaseWeb USA, FireHost and more.
“By meeting with i2Coalition members, lawmakers had an opportunity to hear directly from the people who provide the platform that allows the Internet economy to thrive,” stated i2Coalition founding member Christian Dawson in a press release.
All lawmakers in attendance received a “Champion of Internet Innovation” award from the group.
One attendee in particular included cPanel VP of Operations Aaron Phillips who expressed excitement regarding the gathering. “The board knows that we can contribute to the education of important issues that impact hosting & Internet providers, while teaching our government officials about the inner workings of web hosting and how the Internet works,” Phillips noted via a statement.
Another tech superstar included Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.com.
Internet advocates have increasingly rallied following last year’s protests against controversial anti-piracy acts including the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act. Champions of web freedom worried the laws would deter online innovation by holding providers liable for the actions of clientele.