The U.S. will move forward with its plan to transfer governance of the Internet domain name system (DNS) to a multi-stakeholder entity on Oct. 1.
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) administrator Lawrence E. Strickling on Tuesday said his agency notified the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that "barring any significant impediment," NTIA plans to permit its Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) contract with ICANN to expire as scheduled.
ICANN last week announced that the nonprofit public benefit corporation Public Technical Identifiers had been incorporated in California to run IANA's functions after the transition was complete, which includes responsibility for the coordination of the DNS root, Internet Protocol (IP) addressing, and other IP resources.
Congressional Republicans and some conservative groups have opposed the proposed transition, out of concern the transfer will turn Internet control over to foreign governments, including some reputed for impeding online activity.
Twenty-five advocacy organizations last week asked the U.S. Congress to litigate to enforce riders barring the use of taxpayer money on the IANA handoff.
NTIA says ICANN's transition proposal calls for governments to serve as advisers via the U.S. Governmental Advisory Committee, although there are no provisions to broaden government influence over the DNS or ICANN as an organization.
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