Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced yesterday that the IANA transition proposal developed by the global Internet multistakeholder community meets the criteria NTIA outlined in March 2014 when it stated its intent to transition the U.S. Government’s stewardship role for the Internet domain name system (DNS) technical functions, known as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions.
However there have been fears about what the untested model will present to the unbroken internet system, these reservations have been expressed not only by stakeholders but also the US senators led by the U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who have termed the NTIA announcement endorsement that it has violated federal law by undertaking preparations to give the Internet away to foreign governments.
Cruz, Lankford, Lee and Duffy said. “This is the latest step in a troubling series of steps that the administration has taken to relinquish its responsibilities, and it should send a concerning message to every American. If the United States relinquishes its supervision of the Internet—which it has nurtured from inception to become the greatest source of information in human history—authoritarian regimes could try to undermine the new system of Internet governance and thereby threaten free speech around the world. Congress must enact the Protecting Internet Freedom Act and continue to fight for a free Internet.”