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    ITU and Cerf Ready to Show USG Who Runs NGN .NET
    by Anonymous on Sunday November 20 2005, @04:55PM (#16522)
    ITU and Cerf Ready to Show USG Who Runs NGN .NET

    Fact: The U.S. Congress is busy drafting and
    passing legislation that will make ICANN an
    integral part of the U.S. Government. The U.S.
    telcos and the FCC are conspiring to create ways
    to DE-PEER bad-actors and ISPs that **think**
    they run the .NET. APNIC is one example, the
    U.S. islands such as Guam are begging the U.S.
    Government to get them out of the APNIC zone.
    Guam rightfully wants to be part of the U.S.
    before the doors are slammed shut by Homeland
    Security. Why should people be prevented from
    walking into the U.S. if they can waltz in via
    electronic networks ? Should e-mail be filtered
    via U.S. Customs and the new U.S. Postel Service?

    While the U.S. is pulling in their fences and
    building walled-gardens and preparing to make
    the world pay huge sums to access the **valuable**
    U.S. .NET, people around the world are watching
    as the castle walls are constructed. It is ironic
    that some of those people, such as Vinton Cerf,
    are largely responsible for the U.S. moves to
    take control and level the playing field,
    especially for Americans.

    http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10117471/sit e/newsweek/

    Critics say the U.S. government basically controls the Internet.
    That's bulls—t. I'm sorry, I'm not supposed to say that to reporters, but that's just a very bad misunderstanding. Ninety-nine percent of the Internet is in private hands. If you've got a computer at home, and a cable box or DSL line, you own a piece of the Internet. Most of the Internet is owned by the private sector, by businesses, by ISPs, by individuals, by governments—well, that's not [the] private sector, but it's not ICANN either and it's not the United States.

    "ITU Secy. Gen. Yoshio Utsumi, however, at the concluding press conference, spoke about a regionalization of the Internet, saying "the Internet in 5 years will be a very different network."

    Speakers were asked how to make NGN easy for consumers to use. One thing NGN might accomplish is creation of a self-sustaining network service that gives users a safer, simpler and more secure experience, [a UK trade group chair] said. With NGN and broadband access, he said, stable devices can be developed that "half-wits" can use.
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