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Testimony of Assistant Secretary Strickling before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on “Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance”
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February 25, 2015

Testimony of

The Honorable Lawrence E. Strickling
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
United States Department of Commerce

Before the

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
United States Senate

Hearing entitled

“Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance”

February 25, 2015

Chairman Thune, Ranking Member Nelson, and members of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity to testify on behalf of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) regarding NTIA’s role in the Internet’s domain name system and the transition of NTIA’s stewardship over certain technical functions related to the Internet domain name system to the global multistakeholder community.  I am pleased to appear before you to update you on the current status of the transition planning process as the global Internet community works to develop a transition proposal that will ensure the stability, security, and openness of the Internet.

I. Background

The Domain Name System (DNS) is a critical component of the Internet infrastructure.  It allows users to identify websites, mail servers, and other Internet destinations using easy-to-understand names (e.g., www.ntia.doc.gov) rather than the numeric network addresses (e.g., 170.110.225.163) necessary to retrieve information on the Internet.  In this way, it functions similar to an “address book” for the Internet.

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