The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and the Internet Association this afternoon sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives opposing any cuts to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) funding that would prevent planning and due diligence related to the transition of U.S. stewardship over certain critical Internet functions to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Amendments are anticipated over the next two days during floor consideration of H.R. 4660, the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill, which funds the NTIA. ITI and the Internet Association believe Congress has an important role to play in the oversight of the process, but cutting off or restricting funding would be severely detrimental to the process. We look forward to continuing to work constructively with Congress and the administration as planning for a transition moves forward, to ensure a successful plan is put in place that provides for transparency and safeguards that protect the multi-stakeholder approach to global Internet governance.
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