Google backs Obama's internet transition plan

Google backs Obama's internet transition plan
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Google is throwing its support behind the Obama administration's controversial plans to hand over management of the internet domain name system.

In a blogpost Monday, the Mountain View-based tech behemoth called the Obama administration’s proposed transition of Internet Assigned Names Authority (IANA) from U.S. oversight to an international governing authority an “important step to protect the Internet for generations to come.”

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Google offered three arguments for its stance: The transition will put the internet in the hands of innovators; protect the internet from "those who want to break it into pieces"; and honor the U.S. government's promise when the internet was created that it "be governed by everyone with a stake in its continued growth.”

Critics, though, have argued that handing off oversight would put the internet under the control of countries like Russia, China and Iran, which would be represented in the international authority that includes 162 countries and entities.

Supporters though say those worries are overblown and say the greater threat is that autocratic countries get fed up with U.S. management and create their own splintered internet nodes.

Google previously supported the measure in a letter also signed by Facebook, Twitter and Amazon, urging top lawmakers to not block the proposal. But Monday's blog post is the first time its taken expressed individual support.

The transition is set to occur at the end of the week despite the opposition of some Republican lawmakers.

Sens. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Manchin-McConnell meet amid new voting rights push MORE (R-S.D.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke prepping run for governor in Texas: report Support for Abbott plunging in Texas: poll White House debates vaccines for air travel MORE (R-Texas) and Rep. Sean DuffySean DuffyFirst lady's press secretary calls on Rachel Campos Duffy, Fox News to apologize for host's comments Wisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans Ron Johnson: 'I may not be the best candidate' for 2022 midterms MORE (R-Wis.) led a charge against the White House proposal, calling for a policy rider delaying the transition to be included in a continuing resolution to fund the government.

But no such measure was included in the Senate funding bill unveiled last week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump seeking challenger to McConnell as Senate GOP leader: report Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' Buckle up for more Trump, courtesy of the Democratic Party MORE (R-Ky.) said that it was left off in favor of a “clean continuing resolution.