(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
Department of Commerce
14th & Constitution Avenue, NW
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.
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.