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Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 20:52:39 -0800 (PST)
From: Institute for Global Communications
Subject: Clinton To Privatize Internet Names System
Friday January 30 10:11 AM EST
U.S. Backs Privatizing Internet Names System
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Clinton administration released Friday its
long-awaited plan for phasing out U.S. government involvement in
running the Internet's naming and address system.
The 15-page paper, which could be altered after a short comment
period, suggested ending the monopoly for registering Internet
addresses held by Network Solutions Inc. Under an exclusive contract
expiring this year, the company registers all names in the Internet's
popular domains of .com, .org and .net.
The plan also recommended creating a non-profit corporation based in
the United States to take over management of the numerical address
system underlying the naming system. That function is currently
performed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority under a contract
with the Defense Department.
The new entity should be in charge of the numbering system by Sept 30,
1998, with the U.S. government still participating until Sept 30,
2000, at the latest, the plan said.
If the plan is adopted, Network Solutions could continue to manage its
massive database of names, but new competitors would be allowed to
register new names in the database.
The plan also backs creation of five new top-level domains, the two or
three letter codes at the end of every Internet address. Five new
registries would manage the databases for each of the domains, but
competition would be allowed among firms that add new registrations.