The European Commission wants more say over the Clinton administration?s proposals to relinquish control of the Internet and its domain names.
'VNU Newswire' predicted that the EC would be put out because the US government only consulted the US IT industry and ignored recommendations from the Geneva-based Council of Registrars when it published its green paper on proposed changes to the Internet (see Newswire, 30 January). The EC urged member countries to join its response to the proposals and force the US to get more international views on its proposals.
In a statement, it said January?s green paper ignored the need for international regulation and ?seem to consolidate permanent US jurisdiction over the Internet as a whole, including dispute resolution and trademarks used on the Internet?.
The Internet industry and users in Europe and the rest of the world should have a say in the process, the EC said, in joint consultations with the US. Martin Bangemann, IT and telecomms commissioner at the EC, said European Union telecom ministers will reach a common position this week. ?We don?t want Internet wars,? he said. ?The basic idea is that the Internet should be available under simple conditions to all.?
The US has not responded to the EC?s comments but sources suggest it is open to further discussion and international input. Bangemann said the US ?considers the Internet as its child? and urged countries to agree an international communications charter to address the technical and legal issues posed by the Internet revolution.
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