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Businesses Discuss Splitting ICANN and Upcoming Changes

Some Internet-based businesses in the U.S. would support the splitting of the domain-name governance system instead of allowing an agreement between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the U.S. government to end later this year, the leader of a U.S. trade association said Wednesday.

When a ten-year-old agreement between ICANN and the U.S. Department of Commerce expires in September, the organization will be vulnerable to outside takeover by other governments, said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a trade group of online companies. ... Paul Levins, executive officer and vice president for corporate affairs at ICANN said splitting up ICANN's responsibilities would be a bad idea…

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