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The U.S. has long planned to give up its unique role as steward of the Internet's domain name system, but it's unclear what kind of entity will replace it

The U.S. plan to relinquish stewardship of key technical functions that ensure the Internet runs properly drew praise and criticism over the weekend. If the process goes smoothly, it shouldn’t affect the day-to-day Internet experience for users, but the shift, which wasannounced Friday by U.S. officials, represents an important development in the evolution of the Internet.

Although the U.S. has long intended to give up its role overseeing the system of managing Internet...

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