Larry Strickling: Gov’t Prepares to Withdraw ICANN Oversight

engaging shaking handsThe U.S. government will soon relinquish oversight of the Internet’s domain system in a move Commerce Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information Larry Strickling said was planned from the onset, Nextgov reported Monday.

Brendan Sasso writes the Commerce Department is scheduled not to renew its contract with the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers, which ends in September 2015.

“The timing is right to start the transition process,” Strickling said, adding, “We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan.”

The decisions within the nonprofit ICANN, which manages the Internet address system, will now be led by the “global Internet community” following the turnover, Strickling said.

Nextgov reported that the announcement comes amid growing calls from other countries for a greater say in the technical aspects of the Internet and a more decentralized role for Washington.