2015-02-17

US Senator Thune planning Hearing on ICANN, IANA, Internet Governance

Chairman US Senator Thune is planning a late February US Senate Commerce Committee hearing on ICANN, Internet Governance, and the IANA transition--

The Senate Commerce Committee is planning to have an Internet governance hearing when it returns from its current recess in late February. The hearing follows ICANN 52 in Singapore where the IANA stewardship transition planning was discussed. Republicans have criticized the NTIA announcement, warning that foreign governments would seize undue control of the Internet if the U.S. gave up its oversight role. Thune told Politico Morning Tech that the upcoming hearing will give lawmakers a chance "to take a hard look at where they're going" as ICANN and others work on an oversight transition plan. He added that the hearing "will have pretty good representation," including from ICANN, though a source said details are still being finalized. (source: Politico)

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