In 2004, Larry Irving and Bruce Mehlman founded the Internet Innovation Alliance. For more than five years, Irving served as co-founder and co-chair of the organization. Through his tireless energy, knowledge and passion for technology, he helped IIA with its mission of educating and advocating for 100 percent broadband adoption and access for all Americans.
Prior to IIA, Irving served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information during the Clinton administration, advising the President, Vice-President and Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international information technology issues. Irving is widely credited with coining the term “digital divide,” and was the principal author of the landmark Federal survey “Falling Through the Net,” which tracked access to telecommunications across demographic lines. Named one of the 50 most influential person in the “Year of the Internet” by Newsweek, Irving played an integral role on the Obama-Biden Transition Team.
Irving stepped down as co-chair of IIA in September 2009 to join Hewlett Packard as vice-president of Global Government Affairs.