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Username: richard_henderson
Date/Time: Wed, October 24, 2001 at 4:08 PM GMT
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Subject: Lobbying the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet


This correspondence sent by the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet (House Committee on Energy and Commerce subcommittee) more or less indicts ICANN for a lack of transparency in the selection process for the recent new TLDS. This is the Subcommittee people would do well to e-mail and lobby, outlining in detail the failures we feel Afilias and ICANN have presided over, so that this committee and the House are left in no doubt of the need FOR GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY and CONTROL of ICANN.

I'll post contact details later, but the list of the whole subcommittee is pasted at the foot of this correspondence, and you can click on the URL to explore the Subcommittee webpages for yourself:

Internet Corporation For Assigned Names And Numbers (ICANN) Process For Selecting New Internet Top Level Domain Names (Tlds)

August 6, 2001

To 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.


W.J. "Billy" Tauzin
Committee on Energy and Commerce  John D. Dingell
Ranking Member
Committee on Energy and Commerce
Fred Upton
Subcommittee on Telecommunications Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet  Edward J. Markey
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Telecommunications Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet


LIST of members of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet:

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce :


Michael Bilirakis, Florida
Joe Barton, Texas
Cliff Stearns, Florida
Vice ChairmanPaul E. Gillmor, Ohio
Christopher Cox, California
Nathan Deal, Georgia
Steve Largent, Oklahoma
Barbara Cubin, Wyoming
John Shimkus, Illinois
Heather Wilson, New Mexico
Charles W. "Chip" Pickering, Mississippi
Vito Fossella, New York
Roy Blunt, Missouri
Thomas M. Davis, Virginia
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., Maryland
Lee Terry, Nebraska
W.J. "Billy" Tauzin, Louisiana(Ex Officio)
Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts
Ranking MemberBart Gordon, Tennessee
Bobby L. Rush, Illinois
Anna G. Eshoo, California
Eliot L. Engel, New York
Gene Green, Texas
Karen McCarthy, Missouri
Bill Luther, Minnesota
Bart Stupak, Michigan
Diana DeGette, Colorado
Jane Harman, California
Rick Boucher, Virginia
Sherrod Brown, Ohio
Thomas C. Sawyer, Ohio
John D. Dingell, Michigan (Ex Officio)

My early target is to send a detailed report on the conduct of ICANN, Afilias and their Registrars to each and every member of this committee.



Link: The Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet

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