In case you haven’t read the press release that came out last week from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the title should give you reason for pause: “NTIA Announces Intent to Transition Key Internet Domain Name Functions.”

Many are alarmed at the thought of giving control away of something the United States invented and does well. Is this happening because of the National Security Agency (NSA) metadata kerfuffle? Is there some guilt involved in the media storm in response to the espionage use of the Internet?

Anyone who reads the news on a consistent basis and takes time to research and learn more about various topics realizes that what we are given in the form of “news” is often good public relations spun to guide our beliefs and voting practices in certain directions. With the use of the Internet, we can learn on our own, hear both sides of the stories, and discern our own beliefs and convictions. But will that remain true if someone else is in control?

Melody K. Smith

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