14 July 2009

EU - European ICANN Reform Proposal Draws Industry Ire

(IDG News Service)
Europe's efforts to internationalize the running of the Internet's governance body were criticized by three leading trade groups - ETNO, EuroISPA and GSMA Europe - for failing to take account of the needs of the private sector. Oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) by an intergovernmental body, as the European Commission proposed in May, "would contradict the goal to move ICANN responsibilities to the private sector and would not appropriately take into account all stakeholders," said groups representing former telecommunication monopolies, ISPs and mobile phone companies in a joint statement. The trade groups said that instead of more governmental involvement in ICANN, there should be less, with full control eventually handed over to the private sector.