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Larry Irving to Step Down as Co-Chair of the Internet Innovation Alliance

Irving tapped by HP to lead Global Government Affairs

WASHINGTON D.C. – July 13, 2009 – Larry Irving will step down as co-chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) in September, the IIA announced today.  Irving will join Hewlett Packard, the world’s leading technology company, as vice president of Global Government Affairs.  At HP, he will be responsible for shaping public policy and building relationships worldwide with government officials, community leaders, non-governmental organizations and business partners.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to continue to have a voice in shaping the way the world uses technology,” said Irving.  “I look forward to my new role and to watching the IIA continue its very important mission of educating and advocating for 100 percent broadband adoption and access for all Americans.” 

Irving and Bruce Mehlman co-founded the IIA in 2004 to help solve, through technology, many of the challenges that our country is facing today.  The Internet Innovation Alliance is a broad-based coalition of business and non-profit organizations that aims to ensure every American has access to broadband Internet.  IIA has long supported the creation of a comprehensive National Broadband Strategy to complement market efforts to achieve universal broadband availability and adoption.

“It is with great regret that we say goodbye to Larry, but with great anticipation that we watch him take on this new, very important role,” said IIA Co-Chairman Bruce Mehlman.  “Our warmest wishes and inexpressible appreciation go with Larry as he departs the IIA.  We look forward to continuing our work advocating for broadband access and adoption.”

Irving served for nearly seven years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information during the Clinton Administration and as Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), advising the President, Vice President and Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international information technology issues. He is widely credited with coining the term the ‘digital divide’ and was the principal author of the landmark Federal survey “Falling Through the Net,” which tracked access to telecommunications across demographic lines.  He was named one of the 50 most influential persons in the ‘Year of the Internet’ by Newsweek and recently played an integral role on the Obama-Biden Transition Team.
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