US Takes Control By Loosening Grip On ICANN

Law360, New York (March 18, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT) -- On March 14, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced that it would immediately start a process to transition control of “Key Internet Domain Name Functions” away from the U.S. government.

Since 1998, the NTIA has overseen the administration of various functions relating to the “root zone” of the Internet pursuant to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Under the IANA contract, ICANN coordinated the assignment of technical Internet protocol parameters, administered certain...
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