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White House reaches accord on management of Internet

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The Clinton administration has reached a key agreement with the private company that assigns most Web addresses, an important step in the government's plans to largely end its management of the Internet.

Under the plan announced tuesday, Network Solutions Inc. will continue to register addresses with the suffixes "com," "net" and "org" but must develop software to allow other companies also to register those addresses by June 1999.Supporters of broader registrations contend that such a plan will dramatically drive down the cost of a new Internet address, currently about $50 a year.

In an important concession, Network Solutions also promised to negotiate its future role, if any, with a yet-to-be-organized non-profit group that will assume control of the behind-the-scenes functions of the Internet.