Friday, February 11, 2005

Sen. Conrad Burns on ICANN Reform

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Sen. Conrad Burns at the Internet Caucus “State of the Net Conference” announced his top communications priorities for the 109th Congress (which included ICANN Reform):

STRENGTHEN AND SECURE THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE INTERNET.
ENSURE ICANN ADHERES TO ITS MISSION.
EXAMINE CURRENT U.S. GOVERNMENT ROLE IN ICANN OVERSIGHT.

According to the Senator's website:

"After a rocky start, ICANN has made strides in recent years toward developing an institutional framework appropriate to its mission. However, it continues to come under pressure to address other, non-technical areas outside its charter and mandate, and politically-driven international processes threaten to push Internet governance back to governments or international bureaucracies. In addition, the administration may allow the Commerce Department’s current oversight agreement with ICANN to expire in 2006, which would effectively end the U.S. government’s highly successful historic role as the chief sponsor and responsible steward of the Internet as a unitary global communications network. Senator Burns will continue his leadership role in exercising oversight during the 109th Congress."

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