Below is a statement from the Internet Governance Coalition on the transition of IANA from the U.S. government to the global internet community, set for 12:01 ET tomorrow. Coalition members include 21st Century Fox, AT&T, CISCO, Comcast, Disney, Facebook, GoDaddy, Google, Juniper, Microsoft, NCTA, Time Warner Cable, Telefonica, Verizon.
“The transition of IANA from the U.S. government to the global internet community is the result of years of hard work and collaboration and validates the multi-stakeholder governance model. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of many people and organizations from across the community, a plan has been implemented that includes strong accountability measures and upholds the bottom-up approach that embodies the very nature of the open internet we experience today. Although this is an important step in the transition process, there is still much work that needs to be done to ensure the accountability and transparency of ICANN. We look forward to working with the multi-stakeholder community on these ongoing efforts.”