The Internet Governance Coalition is an industry-led coalition with broad representation from across the Internet ecosystem including AT&T, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Charter, Comcast NBCUniversal, Facebook, GoDaddy, Google Inc., Juniper Networks Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Telefónica, S.A., The Walt Disney Company, Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., and Verizon Communications Inc., that advocates for policies that ensure a safe, secure, open, interoperable, and global Internet as the underlying foundation for sustainable economic and social development.
The Coalition believes that a thriving Internet depends on a governance structure that is open, transparent, and representative of all stakeholders. The current multistakeholder model for Internet governance facilitated the historic Internet-driven economic, social, and political development of the past two decades. The decentralized structure of the Internet enabled individuals to access information and services, to connect and to communicate, and to share ideas and knowledge globally. By offering new possibilities for entrepreneurial creativity, the Internet became a powerful engine for unparalleled technological innovation, economic growth and the preservation and promotion of cultural diversity.
Ambassador David Gross is one of the world’s foremost experts on international telecommunications, having addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and led more U.S. delegations to major international telecommunication conferences than anyone else in modern history. In his more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer, global policymaker and corporate executive, Ambassador Gross has assisted U.S. Companies enter and expand international business, advised non-U.S companies seeking to invest, monitor, and understand the U.S. & International markets, as well as national governments. Ambassador Gross has advised countless companies regarding the Internet and high-tech strategies focused on specific markets as well as international organizations such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as well as many regional organizations.