[discuss] USG- IANA relationship (was: Interesting article)

Dr. Ben Fuller abutiben at gmail.com
Wed Jan 22 19:50:14 UTC 2014


NTIA is part of the Dept of Commerce which means the Executive Branch so the President can give them orders, but they get their money from Congress which means they can be pressured by threat of budget cuts, and can be told what to do by the Courts if they are sued and lose. This is a long way of saying "nobody," but your question shows the role governments will play in Internet Governance discussions. The US government has some cards to play. My instincts are that having strong backing of the Multi Stakeholder Model by the US government will be a good thing. 


On Jan 22, 2014, at 7:05 PM, Jorge Amodio <jmamodio at gmail.com> wrote:

> Who else can force NTIA to change the terms of the contract if the government is hesitant to do it ?
> -Jorge
>> On Jan 22, 2014, at 10:13 AM, Milton L Mueller <mueller at syr.edu> wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>>> Until the USG decides to let IANA go, which will require an 
>>> act of Congress
>> Surprised to see this go unchallenged. The IANA contract was not created or authorized by Congress and it is unclear whether Congress has any authority over it whatsoever. 
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