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EU urges U.S. to move faster to end Internet monopoly

Chicago Tribune - The European Commission on Wednesday urged the United States to speed up its promised efforts to dilute U.S. influence over the governance of the Internet, saying it was time for America's monopoly to come to an end.

The U.S. government announced in March that it will give up its most direct means of control over the Internet's infrastructure, but has insisted that the job be taken on by a group that includes the private sector and other interested parties, not just multiple governments.

"The answer is yes, it should be quicker. There's no doubt about that," Neelie Kroes, the European Union commissioner in charge of telecoms policy, told Reuters at United Nations headquarters when asked if she thought the U.S. moves were too slow.