U.S. Government Accepts IANA Transition Proposal

 » The U.S. government took a major step toward getting out of the internet oversight business on June 9, 2016, when the U.S. Department of Commerce approved a proposal by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to assume the operation and oversight of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Since the early days of the internet, there has been a consistent level of U.S. government oversight of IANA functions. The Department of Commerce’s approval follows nearly 20 years of plans and negotiations to end that oversight and pass it on to a global, multistakeholder community. However, concerns that such a community may include authoritarian and other regimes with histories of restrictive practices may lead Congress to intervene. (…) »