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Type: Nonprofit
Industry: Internet
Founded: 1995
Ownership: ndh Pironet domainregistrations
Headquarters: Lichtstrasse 43h

Cologne, 50825

Country: Germany
Employees: 51-200
Email: info[at]
Blog: eco
LinkedIn: eco Profile
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Key People
Prof. Michael Rotert, CEO

Oliver Süme, Deputy Chairman
Thomas Rickert, Director Names & Numbers

eco or Verband der deutschen Internetwirtschaft e.V is an association that promotes the German Internet industry. It is the largest Internet Association in Europe and Internet Authority in Germany, and it promotes the commercial, as well as non-commercial, use of the Internet. The organization's collective expertise spans the Internet industry, and includes popular issues such as spam security, settlement-free IP interconnection, cloud computing, infrastructure technologies, content, applications, law and politics.[1] It also works on different aspects of broadband, mobile communication, and SaaS.[2] It represents over 300 members including 140 major, German service providers.[3] Its full list of members can be found here. eco operates the largest national data exchange, the De-CIX (Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange).[4]

eco is one of the founding members of EuroCloud and EuroISPA. It is affiliated with ICANN and represents the German Internet Industry in those and other international fora, such as IGF and RIPE meetings.[5][6] eco hosts more than 60 events annually and presents eco awards to different Internet related companies.


eco was founded in 1993 as the first German ISP.[7] After being incorporated in 1996 ECO established the Internet Content Task Force (ICTF), to advise members in the area of illegal and harmful material, use of the Internet and to work for the betterment of the global network.[8] It than organized De-CIX. It co-founded Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Multimedia-Anbieter (FSM), in 1997 and EuroISPA and EURO-IX in 1998.[9]

Members & Memberships

eco supports a number of companies in order to promote the Internet in Germany and improve the German economy as a whole. Some of the companies supported by eco include; The Internet Security Platform,[10] TeleTrust,[11] and Spot Spam.[12]

eco has managed the Anti-Spam Congress since 2003. It has operated an Internet Complaints Office, in cooperation with FSM, since 2004. In 2005, it became responsible for professional inspection and evaluation of data centres with Data Center Star Audit and operator of Certified Senders Alliance, a white list project for bulk email senders, in cooperation with Verband e.V.[13]

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