WASHINGTON, March 12, 2012 – The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) supports the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) adherence to the guidelines set out in its Request for Proposal (RFP) for the management of the IANA functions – the technical functions of the Internet. The NTIA’s decision to cancel the RFP due to the fact that it “received no proposals that met the requirements requested by the global community” should be an opportunity for ICANN and other applicants to better address the guidelines that NTIA has set forth as a result of input from stakeholders around the world.
“NTIA has taken the responsible and appropriate action by suspending the IANA Functions RFP,” said Josh Bourne, President of CADNA. “The NTIA set out reasonable criteria in the RFP and has said no one has met them. Applicants now need to go back and figure out how to meet these very specific conditions.”
The NTIA’s RFP called for, among other things, “the need for structural separation of policymaking from implementation,” and increased transparency and accountability for the manager of the IANA functions. CADNA supports these goals, as they provide the proper checks within the structure of Internet governance – something that CADNA and other organizations have been advocating for over the years.
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the systemic domain name abuses that plague the Internet today. For more information, please visit www.cadna.org.