Dear ICANN Board, As a small business owner who lives in a remote location (Maui, Hawai'i), I depend on the Internet and therefore have read with great interest the news articles and comments on this site regarding the controversy over the Verisign settlement. One thing jumped out at me this week that makes me realize that you, the ICANN Board, must be very cautious as you consider the commentary made about the ICANN-Verisign settlement. There seems to be a lot of competing agendas here and not all of them are what they seem to be. Just look at the recent news stories and blogs. The Coalition for ICANN Transparency filed a lawsuit this week. According to media reports and blogs I read, it's apparently a coalition of one, Momentous.ca, which is connected to Pool.com. This coalition has the stated mission to make ICANN transparent, but apparently its real objective is actually just to block other companies from being able to offer a competing service. The service is called the Central Listing Service. It apparently allows consumers to bid for a domain name that is expiring. This Computer Business Review article does an excellent job of describing what is really behind the lawsuits: http://www.cbronline.com/article_news.asp?guid=C77F1538-AB61-42BC-93AF-5E1B888 3E0A1 As the CBR story details, it's resorting to suing in California court to stop the service. Therefore, it's important that the ICANN Board look behind the rhetoric and understand the real agenda of the feedback you get, whether positive or negative, towards the settlement. As these actions demonstrate, some comments you cannot take at face value. Good luck with your consideration of the settlement. Regards, David McConnell.