Steve DelBianco speaks about IANA Transfer at Congressional Internet Caucus Committee Event

The U.S. Government Relinquishes Last Vestige of Internet Control: That’s A Good Thing, Right?


  • Fiona Alexander, Associate Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) [Bio]
  • Steve DelBianco, NetChoice [Bio]
  • Tom Giovanetti, Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) [Bio]
  • Jamie Hedlund, VP Reviews, ICANN [Bio]
  • David Johnson, Member, High Level Committee, Global Multistakeholder Meeting On the Future of Internet Governance [Bio]
  • John Kneuer, Principal, President and Founder, JKC Consulting LLC, and Senior Partner, Fairfax Media Partners, Moderator [Bio]

On a Friday in March the Obama Administration announced that it would relinquish its last vestige of control over the technical functions of the Internet. The Department of Commerce’s NTIA said that it will not renew its contract with ICANN to run key domain-name functions. The NTIA had been methodically shedding its control over domain functions for years. Yet, this final action of absolvement comes at a particularly volatile time for Internet governance.

Later this April the Brazilian government, incensed over the NSA surveillance revelations, plans to convene stakeholders in designed to explore “Future of Internet Governance” and to design a new model for Internet governance. While Internet Caucus Co-Chairs Senator John Thune and Representative Anna G. Eshoo each expressed support for an open, multistakeholder model for running the Internet many policy leaders in Congress are watching closely. There is concern that now that the U.S. has given up Internet control other governments will seek to usurp control over the Internet. We have assembled a a panel of experts who will discuss what this Brazilian Internet governance reboot means, what can be gained, and what might be lost .

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