GAO: Internet Transition Plan Needs Evaluation Tool
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a study concluding that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) should establish frameworks by which to judge the effectiveness of any plan to transition Internet oversight authority to a private stakeholder group. Responding to the report and NTIA’s cooperation with it, Republican leaders on the House Energy & Commerce Committee jointly stated, “We have pushed for thorough review and strong accountability measures before any proposed transition moves forward since this process began…. We only have one opportunity to get this right and this is too important to get done simply for the sake of getting it done.”
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s NTIA has long had oversight over the Web’s basic structure of Internet Protocol addresses and domain names, but last year the Obama Administration signaled that it planned to shift that power to a private organization. Among concerns raised by Members of Congress is the worry that a foreign government could attempt to fill the power vacuum and undermine Internet freedom.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: September 25, 2015