Senator suggests appropriations ride as a way to stop transition.
Will the transition of the U.S. government’s oversight of IANA internet functions end this month as planned? Or will it be delayed?
It could ride on a rider.
Senator Ted Cruz has been leading the charge to thwart the transition, (wrongfully) characterizing the transition as handing the internet over to China, Iran and Russia.
Congress has already tried to thwart the transition through appropriations, but its first attempt failed to stop the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) activities for the transition.
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune said yesterday that an appropriates rider is possible to stall the transition, reports The Hill:
I think you could come up with some variation of that this time around, that would at least delay or push it out in the future,” he said. “I think that’s what you’d have to do at this point.” But he acknowledged that the Department of Commerce says its current execution of the transition isn’t in violation of the previous riders and that “the language is going to have to be massaged.
The NTIA has already sent a contractually-required notice to ICANN about a possible extension of the IANA contract should the transition be delayed. But neither NTIA nor ICANN would like to extend the contract; they want the transition to take place at the end of this month as planned.
Well I’ve certainly made my feelings known before.
“Recent Actions Cast Doubt on Whether ICANN Is Ready for Transition”
“An Internet Giveaway to the U.N.
If the U.S. abdicates internet stewardship, the United Nations might take control.”
>> “Congress still has time to extend its ban on the Obama administration giving up protection of the internet. Icann has given it every reason to do so.”
Good job Cruz
tin man says
clueless, fact-free jackasses spreading scary sounding non-sense because they have no affirmative agenda to promote, and as you can see from above, they have a sizable audience ready to lap it up.
I may not care for Ted Cruz’s politics and shenanigans, but I support his call to stop the transition. In due time, the consequences will become clear to many of you. My fear is that by then, it will be too late.
tin man says
The consequences of his BS are quite likely to be the fulfillment of the very thing he is fear-mongering, UN style control of the Internet.
But who cares, right, I mean…BLAH BLAH BLAH…FREEDOM…BLAH BLAH BLAH…TYRRANNY…BLAH…BLAH…BLAH…