(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The U.S. government announced on Friday that it intends to relinquish its control over the Internet to a controlling body made up of private companies and government representatives, BBC reports.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will give the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers the responsibility of developing a proposal to transition the role played by NTIA in the Internet’s domain name system.
According to a press release from NTIA, the proposal must meet certain criteria and have the broad community’s support.
“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.
On March 23rd an International meeting will be held in Singapore to discuss the future plans of the Internet.