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Username: Gregory W. Krajewski
Date/Time: Fri, September 7, 2001 at 4:32 AM GMT
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Subject: Chairman of the Commerce Cmte seems to like Image Online Design


(I suggest you clue in on the 4th Paragraph Slicer---And if it leaves you any doubt what is going to happen, then I suggest you keep your day job as a message board troll...that is what you do isn't it??----Don't bother responding because the more you post the more it shows how little you know about what is going on with DNS issues)
Letter Sent to Sec Evans, from Rep Tauzin:

The Honorable Donald L. Evans
Department of Commerce
14th & Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20230

Dear Secretary Evans:

We are writing with respect to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) process for selecting new Internet Top Level Domain Names (TLDs).  We are heartened that you share our views, as reflected in your May 25, 2001 letter, encouraging ICANN to expeditiously initiate a new TLD round.

During the Committee's February 8, 2001 hearing in the Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee, we heard from applicants who had submitted proposals for new TLDs but were passed over by ICANN during its most recent round of TLD selections. Many of these proposed TLDs, such as ".travel," and ".web," appear to offer both innovation and a framework for increased competition.

In addition, there is pending in the Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee a bill that would require the Department of Commerce to negotiate with ICANN to chose an entity to operate a ".kids" domain. ".kids" would provide a safe place for children to access the Internet, a goal we all strongly support. We believe there is a clear desire being expressed by businesses, citizens and Members of Congress to see some true diversity in the current TLD environment.

With the demand for new domain names by businesses and consumers outpacing supply, we support your efforts in encouraging ICANN to speed their TLD selection process. We expect that ICANN will act without discrimination or bias against any worthy applicant, including those applicants from the last selection round as well as those organizations that have opted to utilize alternative roots to propagate their TLDs.

During our February 8th hearing, the Subcommittee Members and witnesses stated that the current TLD selection process was in need of revision. We believe that the process should be based on established objective criteria and be carried out in a transparent process with clear accountability and processes for redress. These factors should be taken into account as ICANN moves forward with the selection of new TLDs. We ask that the Department of Commerce continue to closely monitor this process. The Committee on Energy and Commerce, for its part, expects to hold more hearings throughout this Congress to monitor ICANN's progress.

We would appreciate periodic updates by your Department. Please contact any or all of us, or have your staff contact Kelly Zerzan, Majority Counsel at (202) 226-2424, Will Nordwind, Subcommittee Counsel at (202) 225-2927, Brendan Kelsay, Minority Professional Staff at (202) 226-3400, or Colin Crowell, Legislative Assistant for Rep. Markey at (202) 225-2836, should you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you further on this important issue.


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