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.[1]" 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 called the IIA a front for AT&T. [2]

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..." [3]

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
  • AT&T
  • BTech
  • Berry Test Sets
  • Communications Technology Solutions (CBM)
  • Ciena
  • Condux
  • CompTIA
  • Connected Nation
  • Corning
  • United States Cattlemen's
  • Fiber Control
  • Go Foton
  • Grange
  • 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)
  • NAN
  • Coalition of Black Civic Participation
  • National Health Collaborative
  • National Black Chamber of Commerce
  • National Puerto Rico Coalition
  • Oasis
  • Prysmian
  • SBE Council
  • Sumitomo Electric
  • SDI
  • Senior Net
  • SNC
  • Suttle
  • Telesync
  • TechAmerica
  • Usiaa
  • Wipp
  • 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:
Media Inquiries:
General Questions:


  1. Internet Innovation Alliance "[1]" IAA", October 2011.
  2. Wayne Rash ATandT Dupes Non-Profits to Support $39 Billion T-Mobile Buyout, June 20, 2011
  3. Common Cause "[2]," "Common Cause", September 2011.