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Yaman Akdeniz wrote:
> Technology News
> Europe Endorses Internet-Address
> Reform Plan
> (11/05/98 8:23 a.m. ET)
> By Reuters
> BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union welcomed on
> Wednesday a U.S. plan for reforming the
> Internet-address system, saying earlier concerns
> about global representation had been met.
> "We have been informed of widespread support for this
> proposal both from the [European Union] member states
> and from the private sector in Europe," said European
> Telecommunications Commissioner Martin Bangemann in a
> letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary William Daley.
> However, Bangemann said the European Commission --
> Europe's executive body -- was reviewing a related
> deal aimed at phasing out the exclusive right of
> Herndon, Va.-based Network Solutions to register
> names in the most popular segment of the Internet.
> The commission wanted to ensure the deal, negotiated
> by the U.S. Commerce Department, was consistent with
> European Union competition rules, he said.
> Bangemann was reacting to a Clinton administration
> plan for ending the U.S. government's management of
> the numerical address system that routes Internet
> traffic, such as a request to view a Web page or send
> It involves setting up a new nonprofit corporation in
> California, the Internet Corporation for Assigned
> Names and Numbers, which will be run by an
> international board of directors.
> It will also end Network Solutions' monopoly over
> registration of Internet addresses ending in the
> sought-after suffixes known as top-level domains
> .com, .org, and .net. The company must allow
> competing companies to register those names in its
> The new corporation will have the authority to
> introduce further competition into the address
> registration system.
> Europe's Internet community and the commission
> criticized an earlier Commerce Department proposal
> for reforming the Internet-address system, saying it
> gave U.S. interests too much control.
> Bangemann said he was satisfied with the current
> plan's effort to ensure balanced international
> representation in the new corporation.
> He praised provisions, saying no more than half the
> board members can be citizens of any one geographic
> region and each region must have at least one board