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Merger of i2Coalition & The Domain Name Association Creates Powerful Internet Infrastructure Advocacy Group 

The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) and The Domain Name Association (The DNA) have joined forces to create a powerful combination that will amplify the voice of  the companies that build the Internet’s foundational infrastructure. The combined entity will operate under the i2Coalition banner.

The i2Coalition formed in 2012 and quickly became  the leading voice for web hosting companies, data centers, domain registrars and registries, cloud infrastructure providers, managed services providers and related tech. The DNA was established in 2014 as  a nonprofit global business association that represents the interests of the domain name industry. The newly combined organization  becomes the largest Internet infrastructure advocacy group in North America. It will maintain the i2Coalition’s existing organizational and management structure with The DNA being represented by two members on the Board of Directors. A DNA-branded 

working group will also be created to continue to advance the DNA’s mission to protect and empower businesses and individuals with education and engagement that underscores the importance, benefits and opportunities of domain names.

Christian Dawson

The strategic alliance that takes effect on July 28, 2020 will enables access to an expanded set of resources and economies of scale that will allow the collective to mount more far-reaching and expansive campaigns to ensure policy doesn’t impede growth, knowledge and access to the Internet and its resources. Effective upon the close of the merger, the new DNA working group within the i2Coalition’s existing construct will be implemented with a formation meeting scheduled within 30 days.

Christian Dawson, Co-Founder of the i2Coalition, said “The merger of our organizations underpins the mission of both the DNA and the i2Coalition, combining our mutual dedication to Internet industry best practices and policies to empower continued growth. Combined, we represent over 100 organization members and their online business interests."

Statton Hammock, founding DNA Board member and current Board Secretary noted, "The mission of the DNA has always been to spread awareness, promote growth, offer resources and facilitate communication about innovation and value in the Internet domain name space. Our mission aligns well with that of the i2Coalition, and I look forward to remaining part of the new organization and to creating an even larger impact.”

Melinda Clem, Chairwoman for the i2Coalition, added,  “Domain names are a key part of the growth of the Internet infrastructure, and the i2Coalition is excited to become an enabler for the great work the DNA is accomplishing in this sphere. We’re excited to collaboratively foster a healthy domain environment with universal acceptance of non-traditional domains and provide access to expertise and resources that help address issues facing the domain name industry.”

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(Posted July 20, 2020)  


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