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Date/Time: Tue, March 27, 2001 at 9:59 PM GMT
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Subject: Senator Burns Focusing On ICANN's Performance & Legality ...


        Senator Burns Queries Legality of ICANN-DoC Relationship:

In a pair of letters written March 21 to the Secretary of Commerce and to the GAO, Senator Conrad Burns, the Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, has queried both the adequacy of ICANN's performance and the legality of ICANN's relations with the U.S. Department of Commerce.
In one letter, Senator Burns asks the Secretary of Commerce to refrain from any "hasty actions" and "any major steps to further empower or delegate authority to ICANN." Meanwhile, the letter to the GAO asks it to supplement its earlier report on ICANN's formation with a new report focused on ICANN's performance, notably,

whether the delegation of authority over the domain name system (DNS) from the Department of Commerce (DOC) to ICANN is legal;
whether ICANN is the appropriate body to manage the DNS;
whether ICANN has performed well.
The letters build on the hearing held before Sen. Burns's subcommittee on Feb. 14, and similar hearings before the House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications on Feb. 8.


Link: Burns Letters

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