Internet Governance

The Battle over SOPA and PIPA continues at CES

by Fritz Stolzenbach  • 

In a few hours, our COO, Christian Dawson, will be speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This is an important panel discussion involving SOPA and PIPA, but it is also a proud moment for ServInt.

Before I came to ServInt, I spent years in the trenches launching various satellite-powered multimedia technologies — efforts which required me to attend the giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas each January.

These trips were a lot of work, but a lot of fun as well — and one of the reasons they were so much fun was because we had some of the coolest technology on display.  Trust me, in the early 2000s, satellites were hot, and it was fun being a “satellite guy.”  Our booths were swamped, reporters called us to make interview appointments, and there were few parties to which we weren’t invited.

Despite the fact that we were too cool for school, there was one thing we never got invited to do:  speak at any of the CES sessions.  That was a gig reserved for seriously important people only.  And that’s why ServInt’s presence on the “Infringement, Rogue Websites, and Copyright Crackdowns:  How to Catch Tuna Without Catching Dolphins” panel is such a big deal.

Today, ServInt’s leadership position in the efforts to stop SOPA, PIPA and other flawed anti-piracy legislation is being recognized by having our COO, Christian Dawson — in his role as one of the leading voices of the Save Hosting Coalition — represent the viewpoint of the internet infrastructure industry.

The battle against SOPA is hitting the mainstream, and ServInt is being recognized for all the hard work we’re putting into it. That’s great—but we still need your help. Make sure you follow ServInt on Facebook and Twitter for complete updates on SOPA and PIPA, and please visit savehosting.org to join the battle against this extremely dangerous and misguided legislation.

We’ll keep you posted on how the panel goes.  In the meantime:  break a leg, Christian!

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  1. [...] incident is that we moved to a new host, ServInt, who has been a blessing for many reasons. Plus, they get it: [T]here was one thing we never got invited to do: speak at any of the CES sessions. That was a gig [...]
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  2. Syrion/Jonathan: sorry for the late reply. There was no live feed -- and there will probably not be a "taped" feed, either, as some of the congressional staffers on the panel insisted their comments be "off the record." If you read back over our Twitter feed (@servint), you'll see all the tweets we got our hands on during Christian's remarks. We expect a full report from him later this week. We'll definitely keep you posted, and thanks for your interest!
    Fritz Stolzenbach /
  3. Do you know if there's an available webstream? If not, will there be a recording of it? Since Christian Dawson explained the bills well for non-juridical folks at http://blog.servint.net/2011/12/16/what-is-sopa-and-pipa/ it might be a "weapon" in this conflict.
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Fritz Stolzenbach

Fritz Stolzenbach

Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, ServInt

For the last 25 years, Fritz Stolzenbach has led marketing and corporate communications efforts at a wide range of Internet, telecom, entertainment and utility industry enterprises.

In the mid-1990s, Stolzenbach helped build the largest U.S. distribution network for satellite television provider DIRECTV. He then joined the management team that launched the HughesNet satellite internet platform, as well as Spacenet’s Connexstar wide area networking service. By the mid-2000s, Stolzenbach was Global Director of Marketing for the world’s largest satellite fleet operator, Intelsat Ltd. From 2006 until 2010, Stolzenbach was co-owner and CMO of his own multimedia production company, Asparagus Media Inc.

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