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U.S. government to get out of Internet naming business

15
Mar
2014

A division of the U.S. Commerce Department said on Friday it would give up control of the group that manages much of the architecture of the Internet, including the parceling out of domain names. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration said in a statement it would shift those tasks to “the global multistakeholder community.” NTIA’s role includes administering changes to the database that contains the list of names and addresses of all so-called “top level” Internet domains, including the commonly used “.com,” .edu,” “.info,” and others. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit organization, will help launch a process to transition away from the current, U.S.-government-run Internet domain name system. “The timing is right to start the transition process,” said Lawrence Strickling, U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information.

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