The Hill has reported a widely expected action by Sen. Ted Cruz who has been on the fore front of efforts to ensure that the IANA transition is delayed atleast until ICANN has proven that it is well capable of managing its own internal affairs.
The new bill by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is that would prevent the government from handing off oversight of the internet domain name system without approval from Congress.
Cruz began circulating the legislation last week to colleagues with background information that called it “our last chance to save internet freedom.” The legislation, a copy of which was obtained by The Hill, is titled the Protecting Internet Freedom Act.
The bill would also require the Obama administration to certify that it has secured “sole ownership” of the top-level domain names used by the federal government and the military, which end in dot-gov or dot-mil. Read more from theHill
Last month, efforts by the Republican congressmen were increasing to delay transition of a critical piece of internet infrastructure from the US government to a non-profit organization based in California.
For the third time, a House Appropriations subcommittee has included a provision in a must-pass bill that would prevent the Department of Commerce from using any funds in the transition of the IANA contract from the department to non-profit California organization ICANN.