Internet Innovation Alliance
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Overview and History
The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) was created to promote internet policies that "aim to ensure that every American...has access to broadband internet." While the IAA claims to be a collaboration of non-profit and business organizations, its membership list includes no consumer groups. The membership list does, however, include a number of business organizations - AT&T being the most notable.
Undisclosed ties to AT&T
The chairman of IIA, former Democratic Congressman Rick Boucher, is a partner in the law firm of Sidley Austin, which has represented AT&T for over 100 years. Boucher's relationship to AT&T was not disclosed in the group's filings, nor was it disclosed in a press conference the group held on June 16, 2011, featuring rural broadband advocates. An article in EWeek.com called the IIA a front for AT&T. 
Issues and Campaigns
In 2004 the IAA praised network neutrality and condemned SBC Communications, which later adopted the AT&T name, for plans to charge fees to web-based telephone providers. The IAA called this "discriminatory in nature" and "a dangerous first step toward eradicating the vast array of benefits services..." 
In 2010 the IAA took no action when the head of SBC Communications stated that broadband internet providers should be allowed to charge fees to web-based telephone providers. This statement was made during the final stages of SBC Communications merger with AT&T, one of the IAA's most prominent members.
Lobbying Reports & Campaign Spending
In 2004 the IAA spent $150,00 in lobbying efforts. This jumped up to $300,000 in 2005 and 2006. The total amount of IAA expenses in lobbying reached $350,000 by 2007.
- American Council of the Blind
- American Conservative Union (ACU)
- Applied Optoelectronics Inc.
- Alcatel - Lucent
- Americans for Tax Reform
- Berry Test Sets
- Communications Technology Solutions (CBM)
- Connected Nation
- United States Cattlemen's
- Fiber Control
- Go Foton
- American Homeowners Grassroots Alliance
- Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Alliance
- Independent Technologies
- Independent Women's Forum
- JACL National
- international agriculture council
- Metro Tel Corp
- Minerva Networks
- National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
- Coalition of Black Civic Participation
- National Health Collaborative
- National Black Chamber of Commerce
- National Puerto Rico Coalition
- SBE Council
- Sumitomo Electric
- Senior Net
- Asian Women in Business
Board of Directors
- Rick Boucher, Honorary Chairman
- Bruce P. Mehlman, Co-Chairman
- Jamal Simmons, Co-Chairman
- Henry Rivera, Strategic Counsel
- Broderick Johnson, Senior Advisor
Internet Innovation Alliance
PO Box 19231
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (866) 970-8647
Bruce Mehiman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Inquiries: email@example.com
General Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Internet Innovation Alliance "" IAA", October 2011.
- Wayne Rash ATandT Dupes Non-Profits to Support $39 Billion T-Mobile Buyout, EWeek.com. June 20, 2011
- Common Cause "," "Common Cause", September 2011.