U.S. government ending formal relationship with ICANN next year

Posted Mar 17, 2014

The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is ending its formal relationship with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) next year. ICANN is developing a new global governance model. 

The NTIA is planning to let its contract with ICANN to operate domain-name functions expire in September 2015, but will require the organization to develop a new global Internet governance model. ICANN has been criticized recently about the influence of the U.S. government on its operations.

ICANN CEO and President Fadi Chehadé said that the decision to end the formal relationship was driven by a longtime understanding that their partnership was temporary. ICANN and the NTIA established its partnership back in 1999.

“I want to make clear that we will not accept a proposal that replaces the NTIA role with a government-led or intergovernmental solution,” said NTIA administrator Lawrence Strickling.