internet governance

IANA Transition Proposal

By Wells Bennett
Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 4:13 PM

Suppose you were the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)—a unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Suppose further that in March 2014 you had announced your intention to offload your management of certain functions of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), and to hand that competence over to a broader, mulitnational group. How would you go about doing so?

As is well known, NTIA has mulled the question for roughly a year and a half, and all the while sought input from a diverse group of stakeholders and experts.

Thus last month's publication, by the IANA Stewardship Transition Group, of its proposal to "Transition the Stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to the Global Multistakeholder Community."

A public comment period on the proposal is underway; folks interested in governance issues and the internet will want to have a look.