U.S. Officials See End to UN Effort in Internet Governance

At a meeting organized by the Federal Communications Bar Association, U.S. Ambassador David Gross and Assistant Secretary of Commerce John Kneuer said no United Nations body will be exercising additional control over tasks like handing out numeric Internet addresses or operating the root servers that power the Internet anytime soon. They said they were encouraged that the new leadership of the International Telecommunications Union, a U.N. agency, claims to be more interested in focusing on promoting cybersecurity and bridging the so-called digital divide than on setting up a new management structure for the Net, as some have called for in the past.

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