U.S. Moving to End Its Role in Internet Oversight by 2015
On March 14, the US Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intention to "transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community". The announcement is actually a decision made years ago to take Internet functionality and management out of the hands of any governmental entity. NTIA is part of the executive branch of the US government, and its purpose is to advise Pres Barack Obama on telecommunications and information issues. NTIA has focused its efforts on expanding broadband Internet access and adoption in the US and ensuring that the Internet remains an engine for continued innovation and economic growth. The area of Internet domain name functions is handled by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), an independent, international nonprofit organization based in California.
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