The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has submitted a plan to the US Government designed to lead to global ownership of key technical Internet functions associated with domain names.
The US Commerce Secretary has pledged support for a ‘free and open’ Internet.
The US Government has awarded ICANN a new contract to manage the Internet, ending six months of uncertainty after it refused to renew the previous contract, instead opting to give ICANN only a six month extension.
Rod Beckstrom, CEO and president of ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has called on the world community to speak up in defence of "the multi-stakeholder model that has served as the 'catalyst for the Internet," and which ICANN embodies.
There's no need to panic (yet!) but the last blocks of IPv4 addresses have now been allocated to the Regional Internet Registries. IANA has none left.
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