The US government moved closer to resolving the problem of handing over control of the Internet domain name system to a private company.
The Transportation Department?s Telecommunication and Information Administration has reviewed and approved - conditionally - the revised plan proposed by the Internet Assigned Names Authority (IANA) yesterday. IANA is the body that currently controls the technical side of the domain name system.
IANA's proposal was for a new company, called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to be run by a board of 19 people with worldwide representation. This met with EC support today (see separate story), since previous proposals had been weighted heavily towards US management of the system.
The approval comes with the condition that ICANN take on board demands and criticisms from the Internet community including rival proposals.
The US government came under fire this week for the methods it used to review the proposals. Bill Bliley, chairman of the House Commerce Committee, sent a letter to senior White House officials claiming the reform plans were drafted behind closed doors (see Newswire 20 October).
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