U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal
government control over the administration of the Internet, a move that
pleased international critics but alarmed some business leaders and
others who rely on the smooth functioning of the Web.
Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the
system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has
been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the
backlash last year to revelations about National Security Agency
The change would end the long-running contract between the Commerce
Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN), a California-based nonprofit group. That contract is set to
expire next year but could be extended if the transition plan is not
“We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global
Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan,” Lawrence E.
Strickling, assistant secretary of commerce for communications and
information, said in a statement.
The announcement set off a passionate response, with some groups quickly embracing the change and others blasting it.
In a statement, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D.
Rockefeller IV (D-WVa.) called the move “consistent with other efforts
the U.S. and our allies are making to promote a free and open Internet,
and to preserve and advance the current multi-stakeholder model of
global Internet governance.”
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