NTIA is violating the law with illegal Internet giveaway, and Congress must act

Aug. 11, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government today issued the following statement in conjunction with signing a coalition letter urging Congress to enforce its two-year prohibition on the transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN):

“Congress must take available action to stop the illegal Internet giveaway by NTIA, which has been prohibited for the past two fiscal years, and still, NTIA takes action pursuing the transition. NTIA used prohibited agency resources to compile a report stating that the transition proposal met the agency’s criteria, when the transition in itself is illegal. Congress must act by defunding it once again in the appropriations process, and getting an injunction is necessary if NTIA moves in the direction of transition on August 15 when it is expected they will not announce any contract renewal with the current government vendor over the IANA function, ICANN.”


Coalition letter urging Congress to enforce prohibition on Internet giveaway, Aug. 10, 2016 at http://docs.techfreedom.org/Coalition_Letter_IANA_8.10.16.pdf

Letter to NTIA warning against illegal Internet giveaway, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), June 27, 2016 at https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2016-06-27%20GEG,%20Goodlatte%20to%20National%20Telecommunications%20and%20Information%20Administration%20(IANA%20Transition).pdf

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