IEIC forms to stimulate internet infrastructure growth

25 June 2019 | Natalie Bannerman


The Internet Ecosystem Innovation Committee (IEIC) has been formed including the founding members of its independent committee.

The IEIC’s mission is to partner with like-minded communities globally to create new Internet nexus points through partnership with local municipalities, academia and businesses.

“We believe that while the Internet performs well today we must look forward to a future in which it plays an even more critical role,” said Vint Cerf (pictured), chief internet evangelist, Google and Honorary chairman of IEIC. “Many new applications and technical advances will only increase our need for reliability and capacity. We believe the remedy is to increase network capacity and to add more peering points. Local communities will benefit through job creation, attraction of new businesses, increased engineering and construction projects and the attraction of students to regional Universities.”

IEIC founding members include Vint Cerf, chief Internet Evangelist at Google and Honorary chairman of IEIC. Clint Heiden, chief revenue officer, QTS; Staffan Gojeryd, chief executive officer, Telia Carrier; Rafael Arranz, chief operating officer, Telxius; Michael Leidinger, chief technology officer, Hilton; Mark Boxer, global chief information officer, Cigna; Asher Kagan, chief executive officer, Blade Group; Steve Alexander, chief technology officer, Ciena; Frank Nazzaro, chief information officer and CTO, Freddie Mac. As well as, Howard Boville, chief technology officer, Bank of America; Jon Greaves, chief technology officer, QTS; Andrew Dugan, chief technology officer, CenturyLink; and Vinay Nagpal, president of InterGlobix and IEIC secretary.

The IEIC will work to provide insight and guidance for municipalities that wish to more actively participate in the growth of the Internet globally and the subsequent economic opportunities available. Additionally, the IEIC will also form a sub-committee of local economic development heads and government officials to help guide them towards evolving their community to one that can better attract technology, grow their economy and create a stronger workforce.