Who Governs the Internet?
In many ways the Internet is like a church: it has its council of elders, every member has an opinion about how things should work, and you can either take part or not. It’s your choice. The Internet has no president, chief operating officer, or Pope. The constituent networks may have presidents and CEO’s, but that’s a different issue; there’s no single authority figure for the Internet as a whole.
From RFC 1462, circa 1993