Sunday, June 02, 2002

would competition improve service by internet authority?

Critics of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) have signed and sent a letter to National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) chief Nancy Victory, asking that the services ICANN provides be opened up to competition for the right to administrate those services. The agreement for ICANN to run the domain name address system expires in September, and the Commerce Department has the right to renegotiate, drop the agreement, or continue it. The letter comes at a time when ICANN is reviewing their own internal structure, and considering changes to the ways in which they operate.

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