The IANA transition proposal developed by ICANN and the global Internet community meets the criteria for transition, concludes a report released on Thursday by the the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) – the part of the U.S. Department of Commerce that acts as a steward for the IANA functions.
When announcing its intention to transition stewardship of the IANA functions to the “global multistakeholder community”, the NTIA set down criteria for an acceptable transition proposal. First among these was that the NTIA would not accept “a plan that replaced NTIA’s role with a government-led or intergovernmental organization solution”. In addition:
The transition proposal must have broad community backing and:
- Support and enhance the multistakeholder model;
- Maintain the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet DNS;
- Meet the needs and expectations of the global customers and partners of the IANA services; and
- Maintain the openness of the Internet.
—NTIA press release
In a press release, the NTIA emphasised the provisions to enhance ICANN’s accountability structures ahead of transition.
Among the key provisions to enhance ICANN’s accountability is a proposal to provide the stakeholder community with enumerated community powers that can be enforced against the ICANN Board to ensure that ICANN remains focused on its limited technical mission. Most important, the plan does not replace NTIA’s role with a government-led or intergovernmental organization solution.
NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling said:
The Internet’s multistakeholder community has risen to the challenge we gave them to develop a transition proposal that would ensure the Internet’s domain name system will continue to operate as seamlessly as it currently does. The plan developed by the community will strengthen the multistakeholder approach that has helped the Internet to grow and thrive, while maintaining the stability, security, and openness that users across the globe depend on today.
The report recommends that IANA transition should take place on the scheduled date of 30 September 2016.