Today, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced it awarded to Neustar a contract to continue operating the .us registry for 10 years, at no cost to the federal government. The new contract was awarded on June 28, 2019, with a period of performance beginning on August 29, 2019. The .us registry is the official country code domain of the United States and has over two million domain names under management. The usTLD has historically served as a home for American business, individuals, and localities and is managed on behalf of the U.S.
Domain Name System
Fighting opioid abuse is a major priority of the Trump Administration. Nearly $6 billion in new funding over the past two years has gone into multiple programs to stop the flow of these dangerous drugs, and help those struggling with addiction. The President’s call to action resulted in the Justice Department’s shutting down the largest “darknet” for the online distribution of drugs in 2017.
We’re proud to announce a new step in the online battle against illegal opioid distribution. The Food and Drug Administration and NTIA have joined in a novel approach to work with domain name industry players to curb online availability and sales of illegal opioids.
As part of the effort, Neustar, the company that administers the .us top level domain on behalf of the Department of Commerce, announced it will step up enforcement of those who violate its existing ban on the sale or distribution of illegal opioids.
Remarks of David J. Redl
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information
FDA Online Opioid Summit
April 2, 2019
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Thank you for inviting me to speak today.