For the second straight year, Comcast is a co-sponsor of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) 86 meeting, which is taking place this week in Orlando, Fla.

IETF 86 has brought together more than 1,000 engineers, computer scientists, and researchers from around the world who are leaders in the development of Internet standards. The Internet Society is the organizational home of the IETF, the primary body responsible for the Internet’s core standards and protocols.

Comcast also announced that it had renewed its membership to the Internet Society as a platinum organization supporter for the sixth consecutive year. The platinum level is the highest level of support to the organization.

"We are pleased to co-host our second IETF meeting in a row and third meeting since 2008, as well as continue our platinum level sponsorship of the Internet Society," said Jason Livingood, Comcast's vice president of Internet an Communications Engineering. "Successful Internet governance and Internet standards need to continue to be open and consensus-based, and I hope our strong support for the IETF and Internet Society will ensure the continued success of this model."

The Internet Society is a worldwide network of 65,000 members, 91 chapters, and more than 145 organization members. Its mission is to promote a global, open, and accessible Internet for everyone, with a focus on the areas of technology, public policy, development, and education.

Organization members include corporations, nonprofits, trade and professional organizations, foundations, educational institutions, government agencies, and other national and international organizations that share the Internet Society’s commitment to an open and accessible Internet, and the continuation of a multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance.

“We are very pleased that Comcast continues to commit to the work of the Internet Society and the IETF. Comcast has been a strong supporter of the Internet Society over the years and we deeply appreciate our on-going partnership with them,” said Walda Roseman, Internet Society’s Chief Operating Officer. “Our Organization Members are essential to advancing our work to ensure the Internet continues to grow and evolve as a platform for innovation, economic development, and social progress.”