(The Hosting News) – On Friday the U.S. government announced that it intends to relinquish its control of the Internet to the “global multistakeholder community.”
According to a press releases from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, NTIA has given the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) the task of developing a proposal to transition the role played by NTIA in the Internet’s domain name system.
The proposal must have broad community support and meet four major principles, such as maintaining the security and stability of the Internet DNS and the openness of the Internet.
“NTIA will not accept a proposal that replaces the NTIA role with a government-led or an inter-governmental organization solution,” said the agency.
“The timing is right to start the transition process,” said Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information. “We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan.”
NTIA’s and ICANN’s contract is set to expire in September 2015, in which the transition will begin.
A meeting will be held on March 23rd in Singapore to discuss the future plans of the Internet.