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This morning, via Twitter:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler ‏@RepHartzler

Why is the United States giving up control of the Internet?! It’s a solution looking for a problem & jeopardizes something that is working. 6:16 AM – 23 Mar 2014

And, a critical reply:

Politicallulz ‏@politicallulz

@RepHartzler I suggest you learn about how the DNS system works then come back and parrot your alarmist bullshit. 8:17 AM – 23 Mar 2014

From The Telegraph:

US government to relinquish control of Internet address system

The US Commerce Department will hand over control of the Internet’s domain name system to a ‘multi-stakeholder’ community

By Sophie Curtis

10:39AM GMT 17 Mar 2014

….Strickling and ICANN’s board chair Dr Stephen Crocker both insist the US government’s role in coordinating the Internet’s domain name system was always temporary, and the intention has always been for the private sector to take over DNS management when the time was right.

“Even though ICANN will continue to perform these vital technical functions, the US has long envisioned the day when stewardship over them would be transitioned to the global community,” said Crocker. “In other words, we have all long known the destination. Now it is up to our global stakeholder community to determine the best route to get us there.”

The announcement has been welcomed by the leaders of the Internet technical organisations responsible for coordination of the Internet infrastructure, who said in a joint statement that the strength and stability of these functions are “critical to the operation of the Internet”….

From Think Progress:

Why The U.S. Is Giving Up Control Of The Internet Domain Name System

By Lauren C. Williams on March 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm

….The announcement from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on Friday marks the final step in a plan proposed in 1997 to shift ICANN to global control….

Run for the hills, the Skynet is falling…