CIO – US agency lines up broad support for ICANN transition

CIO – US agency lines up broad support for ICANN transition

Early ICANN transition critic Steve DelBianco, executive director of e-commerce trade group NetChoice, also voiced support for the community transition plan.

With Thursday’s report, the NTIA “clears the way for expiration of the IANA contract, leaving ICANN under the control of the international private sector stakeholders it was designed to serve,” DelBianco said in a statement. “Some members of Congress have lingering doubts about this transition, but the protections are in place — to include ICANN’s headquarters remaining in the U.S. — to ensure that free expression and free enterprise will prevail in the domain name system at the core of the Internet.”

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Broadcasting News – NTIA OK With Domain Name Hand-Off

Broadcasting News – NTIA OK With Domain Name Hand-Off

“With this report, NTIA clears the way for expiration of the IANA contract, leaving ICANN under the control of the international private sector stakeholders it was designed to serve,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a member of the ICANN working group that came up with the accountability proposal in the transition plan.

“Some members of Congress have lingering doubts about this transition, but the protections are in place – to include ICANN’s headquarters remaining in the U.S. – to ensure that free expression and free enterprise will prevail in the domain name system at the core of the Internet.”

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Steve DelBianco Testifies at US Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on IANA

NetChoice Executive Director Steve DelBianco testified at the US Senate Commerce Committee Hearing – Examining the Multistakeholder Plan for Transitioning the Internet Assigned Number Authority where he discussed the importance of avoiding unreasonable delays on the transaition.

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Internet Governance Project – The Myth of US Government “Protection” Of the Open Internet

Internet Governance Project – The Myth of US Government “Protection” Of the Open Internet

As Steve DelBianco said in the hearings, far from protecting the Internet from the depredations of government, the special U.S. power made ICANN a target of governmental and intergovernmental concern all during WSIS and for 9 years thereafter.

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Morning Consult – Rubio Wants to Delay Transition of Internet Governance

Morning Consult – Rubio Wants to Delay Transition of Internet Governance

Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, was part of the discussions regarding the shift of IANA power. He said that a delay would be “a direct slap in the face to a community that has worked for two years on this proposal.” He added that it would send the message that the U.S. is “not serious” about the proposal.

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Inside Sources – Lawmakers See Parallels Between Internet Domain Handoff and Net Neutrality

Inside Sources – Lawmakers See Parallels Between Internet Domain Handoff and Net Neutrality

“Over 18 years and three administrations, the U.S. government has used light-touch oversight over ICANN [Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers],” Steve DelBianco, executive director of online business association NetChoice and policy chair for ICANN’s Business Constituency told the committee.

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The Hill – Pressure builds from GOP to delay internet domain transition

The Hill – Pressure builds from GOP to delay internet domain transition

Proponents of the transition like NetChoice’s Steve DelBianco have said the transition has been long planned and there are numerous accountability measures in place.

“It is neither sustainable nor necessary for the U.S. government to retain its unique role forever,” DelBianco said. “And in fact, retaining that role increases the risks you are worried about.”

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FCW – Senators still have questions about IANA transition

FCW – Senators still have questions about IANA transition

A delay “sends the signal the U.S. is not serious about the entire multi-stakeholder process that we charged with the mission of coming up with a transition proposal,” said Steve Delbianco, executive director of NetChoice. “We would indicate we want to relitigate this… That’s a direct slap in the face to a community that has worked for two years on this proposal.”

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Washington Examiner – Rubio pushes to delay transfer of Internet control

Washington Examiner – Rubio pushes to delay transfer of Internet control

“We can’t test extreme emergency measures such as we’ve built over any period of a few months or even a few years,” Netchoice executive director Steve DelBianco argued. “The notion of a delay simply sends the signal that the U.S. believes that the role we hold is so valuable that we’re not giving it up, and we’ve reiterated to China, Russia and the United Nations that they want to step into those shoes. And that’s the biggest danger of the delay.”

Delbianco argued that transitioning to an international, multi-stakeholder program would actually diminish the likelihood that the Chinese communist regime dominates the Internet. “This is a development that would dramatically undermine the authoritarians’ arguments that only governments can truly manage something as powerful as the Internet,” he said in his written testimony.

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Steve DelBianco testifies before the U.S. House Energy Committee – Privatizing the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority

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