Second Draft CWG-IANA Stewardship Proposal Out for Public Comment — April 24th Explanatory Webinar Scheduled

Philip Corwin Accountability, IANA, ICANN, NTIA

Late on the evening on April 22nd the CWG-Stewardship on the IANA Naming Functions issued its second Draft Proposal for a 28-day public comment period that closes on May 20th. Information about the Proposal can be found in a news announcement and at the public comment page. ICANN has scheduled a 90-minute explanatory webinar on the proposal on Friday, April …

Breaking: U.S. Government Funding Bill Delays IANA Transition

Philip Corwin Congress, IANA, ICANN, NTIA

On the evening of Tuesday, September 9th, Congressional leaders unveiled a 1,603 page, $1.01 trillion FY 2015 appropriations bill to fund the U.S. government through the end of September 2015. One provision of the omnibus bill would delay the IANA transition until after the September 30, 2015 expiration of the current contract between the NTIA and ICANN. Language in the …

Stress Test: Reconsideration Request on Accountability Process Filed with ICANN Board

Philip Corwin Accountability, IANA, ICANN, NTIA

In a rapid follow-up to the unprecedented joint letter sent on August 26th by all members of the ICANN community questioning the proposed Accountability Process imposed by ICANN staff, three of the groups that signed that letter have now submitted a formal Reconsideration Request (RR) to the ICANN Board. The August 29th RR – submitted jointly by the Business Constituency …

Senate Appropriators Add IANA Transition Language as House Requests GAO Study and Civil Society Groups Oppose Shimkus Amendment

Philip Corwin Congress, IANA, ICANN, Law & Policy, NTIA

The Senate Appropriations Committee just reported out on June 5th its version of the Commerce-Justice-State Departments Appropriations bill for FY 15. In the course of its deliberations it added a consensus amendment on the IANA transition offered by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE). The amendment reads:   1. Amendment proposed by Senator Johanns On page 24 of the report, in the …

Second House Amendment Ups the Stakes on IANA Transition

Philip Corwin Congress, IANA, ICANN, Law & Policy, NTIA

The House of Representatives has passed another measure related to the proposed IANA functions transition, and has again attached it to “must pass” legislation. This move ups the ante and may well be the final straw that compels the Senate Commerce Committee to hold its own oversight hearing on the IANA transition proposal. On May 30th the House adopted the …

DOTCOM Act Passes House as Rubio Leads Senate Call for IANA Oversight Hearings

Philip Corwin Congress, IANA, ICANN, Law & Policy, NTIA

The Shimkus Amendment to the $601 billion National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4435) passed the House of Representatives yesterday on a mostly partisan vote of 245 – 177. While all 228 Republicans present and voting supported the amendment only 17 Democrats voted “aye”, with 177 in opposition. Final passage on the entire bill was a bipartisan vote of 325-98. The …

House Committees Taking Aim at IANA Transition Proposal

Philip Corwin Congress, IANA, ICANN, Law & Policy, NTIA

In an unanticipated move a third Committee of the US House of Representatives has weighed in with concerns regarding the NTIA’s proposed transition of the US role as counterparty to ICANN’s IANA functions contract to one with the “global multistakeholder community”. On May 13th the House Armed Services Committee Report for HR 4435, the Defense Authorization bill, was released. It …

Issuance of NETmundial Multistakeholder Statement Concludes Act One of 2014 Internet Governance Trifecta

Philip Corwin IANA, ICANN

On April 24th the NETmundial “Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance” concluded with the issuance of an eight-page statement. This non-binding document is hardly the “Magna Carta for the Internet” called for in an opening statement delivered by Tim Berners Lee, but it does set the stage for the other two major 2014 events that will affect …