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US agency lines up broad support for ICANN transition

Grant Gross | June 10, 2016
Google, Facebook,, Cisco, and Microsoft all support a plan to end NTIA oversight of the domain name system.

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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