Vice President Neelie Kroes today warmly welcomed the announcement of the United States Government to “transition out of the IANA function”, which will allow a more global multi-stakeholder basis for an important element of governance of the Internet.
“This is an historical step in making Internet governance truly global, and marks major progress towards the development of a multi-stakeholder model as advocated in the Commission’s recent Communication” Vice-President Kroes said. Until now the United States has had the final say in changes to globally used data on top-level Internet domain names, such as .com or .de. The Commission has been pushing for such a move since 2009 and, most recently in its Communication on Internet Policy and Governance of 12 February 2014, called for the globalisation of the IANA functions. Here to read more.