03 December 2006

ICANN - The End of the Experiment: Commerce says 'I'm the Decider'

(Internet Governance Project)
ICANN's 8-year experiment in nongovernmental governance of the Internet's domain name system all but came to an end this last November 30. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it, and not ICANN, would be the ultimate 'decider' when it comes to dot com. From now on the Commerce Department - not ICANN's policy making process - will provide the final word on renewal of the lucrative .com license. The Commerce Department will Commerce continue to ensure the Internet's "security and stability," and will now ensure that an agreement provides "reasonable price, terms, and conditions." That leaves ICANN with little substantive power over .com. see also Price rise on the cards for .com (Computer Business Review).