Members to Review DOTCOM Act and Discuss Transition of Internet Oversight Functions
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), has scheduled a legislative hearing for Wednesday, May 13, at 2:00 p.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Stakeholder Perspectives on the IANA Transition.”
The Obama administration last year announced plans for a process that could remove the United States, specifically the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, from its oversight role of critical Internet functions. The administration asked the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to explore ways to transition responsibility for oversight of the Internet Assigned Number Authority from the United States to the multi-stakeholder Internet community.
Members will hear from a variety of stakeholders to learn more about where the transition stands and what affect it may have on the Internet. Additionally, members will review H.R. 805, the Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act, legislation authored by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) that would provide a period of one year for the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office to study any potential consequences before the transition can occur.
The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.