Internet Society Launches Epanded Individual Membership Program

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Reston, VA - 1st March 2005 - The Internet Society is pleased to
announce the launch of its expanded Individual Membership Program.

A new membership level, called ISOC Members, is now available
worldwide at a membership fee of US$75 annually. Through this new
membership level ISOC Members have an important opportunity to
contribute directly to supporting ISOC's programs and
activities. Membership fees will be used to enable greater support of
activities that meet the challenges facing the Internet and ISOC today
 -- for example the Internet governance debate and the Internet
standards process. ISOC Members will be reinforcing their commitment
to ISOC's goals of keeping the Internet open and benefiting people
everywhere. They will also participate in the elections process for
ISOC Board of Trustee members and further additional benefits are
currently under consideration.

ISOC's free membership level will remain just as before and will now
be called Associate Members. ISOC Members and Associate Members will
share the goal of supporting ISOC's Mission and Principles. All
members will have on-line access to ISOC's announcements, briefings,
and newsletters. ISOC's surveys and discussion groups remain available
to all members. ISOC's Chapter program will continue to help ISOC
members participate in activities that are both important and local to
them.

A complete statement regarding the benefits of the new class of
membership will be sent to the current membership in the near future,
with specific instructions regarding how to change membership status
or join at the new level.

The online membership application for both levels is available at:
www.isoc.org/members/

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ABOUT ISOC

The Internet Society (www.isoc.org) is a not-for-profit membership
organization founded in 1991 to provide leadership in Internet related
standards, education, and policy. With offices in Washington, DC, and
Geneva, Switzerland, it is dedicated to ensuring the open development,
evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout
the world. ISOC is the organizational home of the Internet Engineering
Task Force (IETF) and other Internet-related bodies who together play
a critical role in ensuring that the Internet develops in a stable and
open manner. For over 13 years ISOC has run international network
training programs for developing countries and these have played a
vital role in setting up the Internet connections and networks in
virtually every country connecting to the Internet during this time.

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FOR FURTHER DETAILS

David McAuley
Membership Director
E-mail: mcauley@isoc.org

Internet Society
1775 Wiehle Ave.
Suite 102
Reston, VA 20190-5108
USA



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