The Internet was invented and developed in the U.S., and it has completely transformed the way people communicate and do business in every corner of the world. Since 1998, the U.S. has been committed to transitioning
management of the Internet’s domain
name system to an independent entity that reflects the broad diversity of the
global Internet community. NTIA’s
announcement today that it is beginning the process of transferring additional domain name functions to ICANN is the next phase in this transition. It is also consistent with other efforts the U.S. and our allies are making to promote a free and open Internet, and to preserve and advance the current multi-stakeholder
model of global Internet governance.”
My colleagues and I on the Commerce Committee will be watching closely to see if the transition NTIA has announced results in an acceptable structure to ensure a stable and free Internet. But I trust the innovators and entrepreneurs more than the bureaucrats--whether they're in D.C. or Brussels.
I welcome the announcement by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to transition
from its role in coordinating the Internet’s
domain name system to a multistakeholder governance community, guided by the principles of an open, secure, stable and resilient Internet.