U.S. Chamber Statement on IANA Transition Plan

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:00am

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for International Policy John Murphy issued the following statement on the proposal to transition oversight of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to the multi-stakeholder community and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN):

“The Chamber continues to support the long-planned transition of the IANA functions along with needed improvements to enhance ICANN accountability. The recently agreed proposal appears to achieve binding, legally enforceable accountability that will benefit the multi-stakeholder community. While the proposal is a positive step forward, it’s too soon to declare victory, and we urge the business community to insist that implementation benchmarks be met prior to final approval by the U.S. government.

“We stand ready to work closely with Congress, the Department of Commerce, and the broader multi-stakeholder community to ensure the proposed plan moves forward in a way that preserves the safe and secure Internet that our members of all sizes and sectors rely on to conduct business and reach customers worldwide.” 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 70 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 117 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.