Well, the US Department of Commerce controlled the internet at one time. That's the government.
ICANN sures seems to act like a government bureaucracy most of the time.
Maybe the no bid indefinite monopoly deal with Verisign has created stability. But the high price of domain regs sure does suck.
You guys are splitting hairs. ICANN sure walks and quacks like a government agency. And I bet if the Chinese wanted to take it over, the US government would not be too pleased about that.