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House passes DOTCOM Act

The House easily passed the DOTCOM Act Tuesday evening, giving Congress more oversight over the transition to move a key domain name function of the Internet to ICANN, the international multi-stakeholder organization.

Authored by Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), the Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act was a slam dunk in the House commerce committee after lawmakers on both sides of the aisle worked out a compromise that gives Congress a 30-day window to review the transition plan before the National Telecommunications and Information Administration relinquishes control.

“I’ve said time and again that this is far too important to rush and that we must carefully consider all of the potential consequences and outcomes before any transition occurs,” said Shimkus. “We get one bite at the apple on this and we need to make sure it’s done correctly.”

Senate commerce committee is scheduled to move the Senate version of the DOTCOM Act this Thursday and House lawmakers called for its swift passage.

The hand over of the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) to ICANN, originally planned for September 2015 when the U.S. contract ends, won’t happen until next June 2016 at the earliest, according to the time-table laid out Monday by ICANN leadership at the meeting in Buenos Aires.