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U.S. to protect Internet authority

July 1, 2005 at 12:57 PM

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- The United States, rejecting outside calls for a worldwide Internet governing body, has decided to keep its management authority over the Internet.

The Bush administration, in a policy statement, stressed its historic management role and noted the government "intends to preserve the security and stability" of the technical underpinnings of the Internet.

Michael Gallagher, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, says the policy would guide U.S. government actions and discussions on Internet governance, the International Herald Tribune reports.

While the administration policy says technical responsibility for the Internet will lie with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, it made no mention of a 1998 memorandum leading to Icann's independence from the Commerce Department by September 2006.

The policy said United States "will continue to provide oversight" in Icann's mission, the Tribune said.

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