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Remarks of Assistant Secretary Redl at the Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference

Remarks of David J. Redl
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information
Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference
Ottawa, Canada
February 28, 2018

--As Prepared for Delivery--

Thank you, it’s great to be in Ottawa. I want to thank Bertrand de La Chapelle and the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network for organizing this conference and inviting me to speak.

Eighth Quarterly Report on the Transition of the Stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions

December 15, 2016

NTIA provides quarterly reports on all aspects of the proposed transition of the U.S. government's stewardship role over the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions. NTIA's previous reports and detailed background can be found here. This report covers activities from July 1, 2016 to October 24, 2016.1 NTIA’s contract for the stewardship of the IANA functions with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) expired as of October 1, 2016.

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