I’m all in favor of the internationalization of the Internet, so I was somewhat dismayed to read about the U.S.’s insistence on retaining control of the main Internet routers.
“We will not agree to the U.N. taking over the management of the Internet,” said Ambassador David Gross, the U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy at the State Department. “Some countries want that. We think that’s unacceptable.”
Some countries have been frustrated that the United States and European countries that got on the Internet first gobbled up most of the available addresses required for computers to connect, leaving developing nations with a limited supply to share.
But as it does so often these days on so may treaties, the United States insists on going its own way and exerting its own power. Someday, I suspect, we’re going to wish we had played a little nicer.