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Changes on the way? US Goverment to hold ICANN hearings.
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 25 July 2006 07:11
Hearing looks at Net name privatization plan
By Reuters
Published: July 25, 2006, 4:39 AM PDT
The U.S. Department of Commerce will hold a Wednesday hearing on the government's September deadline to give up control over Internet domain names, a schedule that some high-tech industry advocates say should be delayed.

The U.S. government controls the naming system for ".com" and all web addresses through the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based not-for-profit company that decides what names can and cannot be registered.

Some foreign governments and critics have been concerned that the U.S. government has too much control over what has become a global commerce, communications and social engine. The transition is currently slated to take place by Sept. 30, but the U.S. Department of Commerce has the option to extend its control.
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