US Commerce Department approves ICANN’s proposal for privatisation of IANA functions

Posted On June 12, 2016
In Governance of Cyberspace / Reply

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the US Department of Commerce has found to be “satisfactory” ICANN’s proposal for transition of IANA stewardship.

In its Assessment Report of the IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal, the NTIA finds that the ICANN proposal has broad community support and will achieve the following four principles:

  • support and enhance the multistakeholder model;
  • maintain the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet DNS;
  • meet the needs and expectations of the global customers and partners of the IANA services; and
  • maintain the openness of the Internet.
  • In addition, a panel of corporate governance experts has concluded that the proposal is consistent with sound principles of good governance. For these reasons, NTIA found that the ICANN proposal “meets the criteria necessary to complete the long-promised privatization of the IANA functions”.

    See IP Watch for a timetable of the steps remaining in the transition.




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