Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Issue: Foreign Control of .Net Registry

A great scoop by

"Four congressmen have sent a letter to new U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez urging him to take an active interest in the selection of a new operator for the Internet's .net registry:

"It is important that the U.S. Government as a whole and the Department of Commerce specifically look closely at the sensitive government and consumer transactions that take place across the .net infrastructure before it consents to move this operation offshore to a foreign operator."

Three of the four non-incumbent bidders for the .net registry contract are foreign companies, and the fourth is a joint venture between a U.S. company and a Japanese company that would be based in Japan."

The Congressmen also ask for the "names of the decision-makers for this process" -- looks like some high-level lobbying is on the horizon.


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