USCIB Hails US Approval of Internet Stewardship Transition Proposal

globe_computerNew York, N.Y., June 9, 2016 – The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) is pleased that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has found that the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Stewardship Transition proposal meets the criteria NTIA set forth in announcing its intention to transition the U.S. stewardship of the Internet domain name system (DNS) technical functions to the global mulitistakeholder community.

“NTIA’s approval of the plan highlights its strength and the broad support it has received from all stakeholders,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “We have worked tirelessly to help shape a plan that will enable a seamless transition of DNS stewardship functions and preserve the fundamental openness of the Internet, and we’re thrilled that NTIA shares our view.”

USCIB members actively contributed comments during all aspects of the two year development of both the IANA Stewardship Transition proposal and the related Enhanced ICANN Accountability proposal. On March 10 USCIB expressed support for the two-proposal package and urged NTIA to approve it on grounds that it, indeed, provided a framework that would meet NTIA’s criteria and preclude capture of DNS stewardship by a government or governmental entity. NTIA’s announcement today re-confirms USCIB’s view that the March 10 proposal best ensures the continued stability, security, and resiliency of the DNS system as well as fundamental openness of the Internet.

About USCIB:
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Organization of Employers (IOE) and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, USCIB
+1 917.420.0039, jhuneke@uscib.org

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Staff Contact:   Barbara Wanner

VP, ICT Policy
Tel: 202.617.3155

Barbara Wanner directs USCIB’s work on information, communications and technology issues. She works with members and government officials on a wide range of international business issue that include advocating for the continuation of the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance and for policies aimed at promoting the stability, openness and innovative flexibility of the Internet. She represents USCIB members’ interests in several international forums, including the UN, APEC and the OECD.
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