US Department of Commerce Issues Internet Policy “White Paper”

5 June 1998

After a period of public comment on its draft “green paper” on proposed changes and improvements to the Domain Name System (DNS), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the US Department of Commerce, issues its final white paper. The final proposal issued by the NTIA establishes a framework for transition of the DNS from US government control to the present multi-stakeholder model and reflects the input, advice, and broader conversations spurred by the Internet Society, the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and the International Ad Hoc Committee (IAHC). Formally titled “Statement of Policy on Internet Names and Addresses,” the white paper forth the principles for the formation of a not-for-profit, self-regulating body; the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will ultimately be formed along these lines.