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Controversy over US control of the Internet

Who controls the Internet? Why, the US of course.

Despite previous promises to turn control of the Internet’s root servers over to an international body, the US on June 30 announced it would indefinitely retain oversight of the Internet’s main traffic-directing computers.

The departure from policy is already stirring the pot of controversy.

The US Commerce Department justified its decision on the grounds of security threats and increased reliance on the Internet globally for communications and commerce. There are 13 root servers for the global Internet, most of which are located in the US. That control gives the US the power, if it so decided, to shut down entire country domain names suffixes such as “.fr” for France, or “.bm” for Bermuda.</i>


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