This chapter, which investigates why the choices about institutional delegation for Internet governance had important implications for the evolution of the Internet and for the creation of new global resources for networking, addresses the accounts of United States market governance and Internet governance. It shows that the governance of the Internet is a function of the political economy of the United States. The full commercial significance of Internet emerged during the years 1993–2000. The chapter suggests that the issue of scarcity which determined Internet governance centered on domain names, the user-friendly placeholders for numerical IP addresses. The Internet traffic case reveals how classic distributional disputes tend to draw more direct intervention and control by governments.
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