The groups want Congress to use riders it has passed on prohibiting spending of taxpayer money on IANA transition. Congress should make clear that it will sue to enforce the funding prohibition, the groups said.
Republicans in Congress have been critical of the IANA transition plans. A bill proposed in the Senate by Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, called the Protecting Internet Freedom Act, would prohibit any transfer of internet domain name system functions except if expressly allowed under a federal statute passed after the new legislation has been enacted. Also of concern to Cruz is that the U.S. should secure sole ownership of the .gov and .mil top-level domains and a contract for the exclusive control and use of the the domains in perpetuity.
The Republican Platform for 2016 is critical of the transition and accuses U.S. President Barack Obama of throwing the internet to the wolves, “and they – Russia, China, Iran, and others – are ready to devour it.”
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