WASHINGTON D.C. – December 8, 2008 — The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today announced Sprint (NYSE: S) is joining the international, non-profit organisation to help address online safety issues and promote industry best practices. Sprint will take a seat on the FOSI Board of Directors, with acting Deputy Chief Privacy Officer Edward Palmieri serving as the company's representative. As a leading telecommunications company with extensive online safety experience, Sprint's membership will further allow FOSI to develop best practices to make the Internet safer for families.
"We are delighted to welcome Sprint's membership to our organization and we look forward to working together to promote safer online experiences for families everywhere - on any device," said Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI. "In today's age, the web is no longer accessed solely on computers, but increasingly on mobile phones. This is adding a new layer of complexity to the challenge of protecting kids, as parents have less of the ability to monitor their usage. Sprint is committed to helping raise awarenes of Internet safety and will be a great asset in combating safety issues wherever children get on the net."
"As part of our ongoing efforts to promote best practices and safety online, Sprint is pleased to join FOSI," said Edward Palmieri, Acting Deputy Chief Privacy Officer at Sprint. "Our partnership with FOSI will not only allow us to help advance FOSI's vigilant efforts, but it will also help provide safer online experiences for consumers."
Sprint wil participate in the FOSI Annual Conference on December 11, 2008 at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, DC. For more information about Sprint's commitment to keeping young people safe online, visit www.4NetSafety.com
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) works to make the online world safe for kids and their families by identifying and promoting best practices, tools and methods that also respect free speech. FOSI’s members include: AOL, AT&T, Blue Coat, BT Retail, Cisco, Comcast, Computing Technology Industry Association, Crisp Thinking, France Telecom/Orange, Google, GSMA, Loopt, Microsoft, Mpower Media, MySpace, Ning, Privo, Rulespace, Sentinel, Symantec, Telefónica, Telmex, The Wireless Foundation, and Verizon. FOSI hosts an annual international conference to bring together Internet safety advocates from a variety of sectors, including global corporations, government, non-profits, academia and the media, to discuss the current pulse of online safety and emerging solutions that will enhance it. For more information, please visit www.fosi.org.
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Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving nearlt 51 million customers at the end of thrird quarter 2008; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com