U.S. Government Agrees To Give Up Internet Governance To A Private Organization; Republican Party Isn't Too Happy About It [VIDEO]By Ron S., UniversityHerald Reporter
The United States government agrees to give up its Internet governance, which has been under the control of the state for the last 20 years, as the Obama administration agreed to transfer the control to a non-profit organization, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann).
The particular aspect being handed over to Icann's control would be the Domain Naming System or simply DNS, which is an integral part of the Internet. It's responsible for holding and pairing web addresses or its URL to its respective servers, BBC reported.
The system makes surfing the Internet easier by allowing users to access websites using its easily reconizable addresses, rather than requiring users to fill in the site's respective IP addresses to retrieve the page.
Although the terms of the transfer has been agreed upon in 2014, the transition would still have both parties ready the necessary steps to make the transition. The U.S. government cannot make the transfer not until Icann is ready with the transition.
The transfer of power over the Internet's DNS from the U.S. government to Icann would be effective on October 1.
Lawrence Strickling, the assistant secretary for communications and information at the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, stated that the Internet domain name authority (IANA) is ready to be handed over to Icann by the aforementioned date in a blog post on the NTIA website.
The move would likely spark debates in Congress with the decision made by the Obama Administration, The Wall Street Journal reported.
A few conservative Republicans have made their sentiments about the move known to the administration, which were reportedly against the turnover.
On Friday, senators Ted Cruz, as well as Mike Lee, and Rep. Sean Duffy had been known to have reached out their concerns to the administration in a form of a letter. The Republicans cite their negative sentiments over the transfer as a "planned Internet giveaway."
The transition would likely be just a "handover" of power, and would remain in the technical aspect of technology, as it wouldn't have any significant effects on Internet users.