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Connected Nation Welcomes New Co-Chairman to IIA

Connected Nation would like to welcome David Sutphen as the new co-chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance. Sutphen replaces Larry Irving, who has led the IIA since its inception in 2004 and will now serve as vice president of Global Governmental Affairs at Hewlett Packard.

“We are pleased that David Sutphen has decided to help lead the Internet Innovation Alliance’s coalition of businesses and non-profits working to expand broadband use and adoption,” said Brian R. Mefford, Connected Nation’s chief executive officer. “As a member of the Alliance, Connected Nation is proud of the work of Larry Irving and is confident David Sutphen will continue to work to meet the Alliance’s mission of promoting expanded broadband availability and adoption, particularly in underserved and unserved communities.”

Connected Nation is one of 53 members of the Internet Innovation Alliance, which includes businesses, non-profits and advocacy groups.

“Broadband Internet is the great enabler and the great equalizer,” Sutphen said in an IIA press release. “Today, it delivers critical health care, education and employment opportunities as well as the compelling news and entertainment content we all demand. Our challenge is to ensure that all people, regardless of race, income or geography, are benefiting from this revolution. I’m excited to join the IIA during this important time in history when broadband is finally getting its due as a truly transformative and empowering technology.”

Related links:

Press Release: Internet Innovation Alliance Names David Sutphen New Co-Chair (IIA)
Bio and Blog: David Sutphen
Internet Innovation Alliance gets new co-chair (The Hill’s Technology blog, Hillicon Valley)