The heated wrangle over who should control Internet domain names continues apace, forcing the US government to extend the planned handover deadline by a week.
The fourth draft proposal generated criticism from virtually all parties, but the fifth draft, on who or what should take over from Network Solutions and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), seems to be creating more consensus.
There are ongoing concerns though, not least from some European bodies claiming that the discussion is too US oriented and that it smells of backroom deals.
The International Telecommunications Union?s Geneva based Global Information Infrastructure said the new draft needs some fine tuning, but it sees it as a vast improvement over previous versions.
One of the main criticism was the apparent protection of NSI?s monopoly, and those clauses have been written out of the new draft, a move which NSI described as disconcerting.
Interested parties have another week to chew the fat and the latest draft is at www.iana.org/bylaws5.html.
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