As explained earlier, during 1991, DE-NIC service were secured by the academic network. At the end of 1991, this funding did run out.
In order to make the end user aware of the imminent shutdown of NIC services, the idea of a user organisation functioning as a lobby for the Internet user was born.
On December 6th 1991, the first meeting of people interested in DE-NIC service and Internet services in general came together to discuss how things should proceed. The attendands apopted the name Deutsche Interessengemeinschaft Internet, DIGI for short.
During the discussion, it became clear, that securing the DE-NIC services cannot be a task of DIGI alone, but the Internet service providers have to be involved.
DIGI can only provide a general framework and install working groups to push the DE-NIC case.
During CeBIT'92, DIGI had its founding meeting. Since then, it has participated actively in discussions about DE-NIC and Internet services in general.