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Internet Association Files Amicus Brief With 14 Organizations And Individuals To Oppose A Delay In The IANA Transition

BECKERMAN: “The case before the Court is without merit and we request that the Court deny any motions seeking a delay of the IANA transition.”


Washington, DC – Today, the Internet Association, along with Internet Infrastructure Coalition, Internet Society, Computer & Communication Industry Association, NetChoice, Mozilla, Packet Clearing House, ACT|The App Association, American Registry for Internet Numbers, Information Technology Industry Council, Access Now, Andrew Sullivan, Dr. Ted Hardie, Jari Arkko, and Alissa Cooper, filed an amicus brief in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas opposing a request from the States of Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nevada that the Court grant a temporary restraining order to delay the IANA transition.  The groups and individuals joined in the brief represent the innovators and architects of the internet, who rely on the healthy functioning of a global and open internet.

“The case before the Court is without merit and we request that the Court deny any motions seeking a delay of the IANA transition,” said Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of the Internet Association.  “The internet industry cares deeply about the success of the platform, and the transition to a multistakeholder model benefits everyone in the ecosystem.   We are confident the transition will keep the internet safe, secure, reliable, and resilient.”

“This is a vitally important and dangerous case … it asks the Court to force the United States to enter into a contract that the Government has determined is not in the interest of the United States. The Plaintiffs, who failed to participate in an open, transparent, two-year process of deliberating and reaching consensus on the IANA stewardship transition, now urge the Court to act hastily on claims that are baseless.  A temporary restraining order to disrupt that transition would pose a significant threat to a free and open Internet and its many stakeholders both in the United States and across the world,” the brief states.

To read the full brief, click here.