A Proper Perspective on .XXX
To Whom It May Concern: It is important to keep a proper perspective on the relevance of .XXX to the Internet, parents and legislators. Today, pornography (in all of its forms) pervades the Internet (on different many top-level domains) in large measure because ICANN has not approved ICM Registry's application to manage the .XXX TLD. It is our view that having a space on the Internet that is dedicated to this particular community would enable regulators to establish stricter guidelines on such content and allow for monitoring violations of those guidelines; both of which would lead to a much 'cleaner' and safer Internet for today's users and those in the future. Further, with legislation that is lacking today in place, it would create a tool for parents to block such content from their children, whereas in today's environment, lacking such a TLD, it is impossible to do so. These are just a few examples of the many benefits .XXX would bring to the Internet. Taken from another perspective, not allowing a .XXX TLD is tantamount to agreeing that the status quo (which means porn popping up on the least likely, least appropriate domain names) is fine and the global community agrees to this insidious reality. I, for one, do not agree that the status quo on the way pornography is distributed over the Internet is okay. And it is for this reason I am adding my voice to this important debate. For these reasons, we encourage the ICANN Board to approve .XXX. Respectfully, Ronald N. Andruff President RNA Partners, Inc.