US says it will keep Internet role

A news story covering the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) statement on Internet governance was first reported in The International Herald Tribune, and then in The New York Times.

A statement published June 30 on the Web site of NTIA says in part, "The United States Government intends to preserve the security and stability of the Internet’s Domain Name and Addressing System (DNS).  Given the Internet’s importance to the world’s economy, it is essential that the underlying DNS of the Internet remain stable and secure. As such, the United States is committed to taking no action that would have the potential to adversely impact the effective and efficient operation of the DNS and will therefore maintain its historic role in authorizing changes or modifications to the authoritative root zone file."

And, "ICANN is the appropriate technical manager of the Internet DNS.  The United States continues to support the ongoing work of ICANN as the technical manager of the DNS and related technical operations and recognizes the progress it has made to date.  The United States will continue to provide oversight so that ICANN maintains its focus and meets its core technical mission."

The Times/Herald Tribune story says that "Brazil, India, Syria, China, and other countries have proposed that an international body take over from Icann. Last month, the European Union called for an "international consensus" on Internet governance, without specifying the role of governments, the private sector, or Icann."

For the news story go to The New York Times, and for the statement go to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

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  1. Sounds like a typical US approach–we want to be in control and to heck with the rest of the world.

  2. Sounds like a typical US approach–we want to be in control and to heck with the rest of the world.

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