March 14, 2014

US Commerce Dept. to relinquish control over the Internet

By In Blogs, C.Jay Engel

From Politico:

The U.S. Commerce Department is relinquishing its hold over the group that manages the Internet’s architecture, amid pressure to globalize its functions in the wake of reports about NSA surveillance.

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration, a Commerce Department agency, said today it is transitioning its contract with the group to the “global Internet community.”  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has held the U.S. contract to manage domain names and perform other essential Web functions since 2000.

The U.S. will relinquish its role when the current contract with ICANN expires in the fall of 2015.

Written by C.Jay Engel

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