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U.S., ICANN see no rush to transfer oversight of Internet addresses


By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Officials from the U.S. government and the private non-profit group that manages the Internets address book promised on Wednesday to not rush a Commerce Department plan to relinquish oversight over Internet infrastructure management. The United States said in March it would give up a direct oversight role, which it says has long been symbolic, over the work of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. A hearing of the House of Representatives communications and technology panel, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Lawrence Strickling and ICANN Chief Executive Fadi Chehadé vowed to make sure the transfer, expected in September 2015, goes smoothly. ICANN, under a contract from the Commerce Department, manages the master database of such top-level domain names as .com and .net and the corresponding numeric addresses that ensure users find proper content when they look for websites.

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