Today, Neustar Inc. (NYSE:NSR) applauded the United State's decision to
transition management responsibility for key Internet domain name
functions - currently provided by ICANN under contract to the Department
of Commerce - to the global multi-stakeholder community. As the registry
operator for .us, the US country code top-level domain, and the .biz
top-level domain, and as the registry services provider for many new
generic top-level domains (gTLDs), Neustar relies on the stable and
reliable delivery of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)
functions that are the subject of this announcement.
"As an early participant in and supporter of the ICANN process, Neustar
welcomes this decision," said Lisa Hook, Neustar's CEO.
In making this announcement, NTIA called upon ICANN to work
collaboratively with affected stakeholders to develop a trnsition plan
that supports and enhances the multi-stakeholder model, preserves the
security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet domain name system,
and serves global consumers of IANA services. Said Hook, "We share the
US government's view that the time has come for ICANN to convene global
stakeholders to develop the policies, procedures, and accountability
framework needed to transition ultimate responsibility for the IANA
functions, and we look forward to participating in that process."
"NTIA's announcement marks the beginning of the final phase of a process
envisioned in 1998, when the US government issued the White Paper on DNS
management," said Neustar's Deputy General Counsel, Becky Burr, who
served as the director of NTIA's Office of International Affairs at the
time. "To paraphrase Jon Postel: 'there's still a lot of work to do in
these interesting times we live in.' Neustar looks forward to working
with all stakeholders through ICANN to take this important step in
Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time
information and analytics to the communications services, financial
services, retail, and media and advertising sectors. Neustar applies its
advanced, secure technologies to help its clients promote and protect
their businesses. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.
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