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WASHINGTON D.C.May 17, 2007 – The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), a broad-based coalition of associations, businesses and non-profit organizations committed to upgrading America’s broadband networks, announced today that it has named Laura Spining as Executive Director.

“I’m excited to join the IIA, where our primary focus is to harness the power of the broadband internet to improve Americans’ lives through innovation, next generation services and more competitive American jobs,” said Spining. “The benefits of universal broadband are unlimited.” Spining has extensive experience in successfully building and leading policy and telecommunications organizations. Prior to joining IIA, she held numerous leadership positions in network planning, business development and sales at Level 3 Communications, an international communication company which operates one of the largest internet backbones in the world. Before that, Spining was at the U.S. Telecom Association, where she developed and directed programs to attract, engage and retain member companies.

“Laura’s solid telecom background and knowledge of networking make her the right choice to lead our member companies in advocacy efforts in support of upgrading and expanding our nation’s broadband networks,” said Larry Irving, IIA co-chair.

A native Tennessean, Spining began her career in Washington, D.C. working in the office of then Senator Al Gore. Spining later worked for the Clinton/Gore campaign in Little Rock, Ark. After the election, she served in the White House for the Office of the Vice President and the Chief of Staff’s office.

“Laura’s experience in network development and public policy are a unique combination that makes her perfectly suited to advance our efforts,” said Bruce Mehlman, IIA co-chair. “She will help IIA raise public awareness of the need for policies that promote the innovation and investment needed to handle the exponential explosion of digital content – the exaflood – and enable continued growth of broadband.”

Spining and her husband, Andy Dodson, and their sons, Drew and Sam, reside in Bethesda, Md.

For more information on the Internet Innovation Alliance visit: www.internetinnovation.org