02.13.2017

Why ICANN’s lack of antitrust immunity matters more than ever

By Robert Romano One of the most major problems to do with the transition of U.S. government oversight of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2016 was that it vested monopoly powers in ICANN over […]

02.06.2017

What we still don’t know about the Internet surrender

By Robert Romano The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) sat on the most responsive documents to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Americans for Limited Government for almost 3 years on what the legal and policy justification was for transitioning the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) administering to a single entity, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (ICANN), creating a global monopoly over the the […]

02.03.2017

NTIA illegally inserted gov’t talking points into ICANN-Google oped in favor of Internet transition, covered it up for almost 3 years

By Robert Romano The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) final response to a March 2014 Americans for Limited Government Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has revealed very cozy ties between the agency and Google vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf , co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocols — and of the government contractor that handled the Internet’s domain name system, the Internet […]

09.30.2016

State AGs fight to stop Internet surrender at 11th hour but fail

By Robert Romano Update: The federal district court has sided with the Commerce Department and refused to issue the injunction , paving the way for the transfer of U.S. oversight of the Internet at midnight. There is one last chance to stop the end of U.S. oversight of the Internet’s domain name system. Congress has already lost this battle after Republican majorities failed […]

09.27.2016

Last chance to save the free and open Internet

By Robert Romano Today the Senate will vote on a continuing resolution that does nothing to stop the transition of U.S. oversight of Internet’s domain name system by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to the international community. However, there appear to be several key oversight […]

09.26.2016

How stopping the Internet giveaway helped unite Trump, Cruz and GOP

By Robert Romano “[Hillary] Clinton supports Obama’s plan to hand over control of the Internet to an international community of stakeholders, including Russia, China, and Iran. Just this week, [Donald] Trump came out strongly against that plan, and in support of free speech online.” That was Sen. […]

09.23.2016

Why the free and open Internet had to die

By Robert Romano “We Democrats cannot vote for that substitute and urge others to vote against it.” That was Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) explaining in no uncertain terms that the proposed continuing resolution by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is dead on arrival. The unexpected turn of events came as negotiations broke down between McConnell and his counterpart, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid […]

09.18.2016

If Internet giveaway is so ‘obscure and irrelevant,’ then why is Dick Durbin threatening to shut down the government over it?

By Robert Romano “Can… Republicans dream up an any more obscure and irrelevant issue to stop the business of the American government? … I couldn’t believe it when they told me this could stop the CR.” That was Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in a Sept. 15 Washington Post-Bloomberg article all but threatening a government shutdown if Congress does not allow the Internet giveaway to […]

09.14.2016

If DOJ performed antitrust analysis on creating the Internet monopoly, then why hasn’t NTIA produced it?

By Robert Romano On June 14, Americans for Limited Government in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request asked the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for “[a]ll records relating to legal and policy analysis developed by or provided to NTIA concerning antitrust issues for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names (ICANN) if NTIA relinquishes its responsibilities” over the domain name system. The agency contacted us and we […]

09.08.2016

NTIA’s CYA on antitrust raises new concerns with Internet surrender

By Robert Romano On Aug. 16, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) published a Q&A on its proposal to cede oversight of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions — which connect easy to remember domain names with numerical IP addresses — to the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Normally, such a Q&A would not even […]

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