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Username: NeuStar Support Letter
Date/Time: Fri, August 2, 2002 at 7:15 PM GMT
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Subject: The Industry Technology Research Institue of Taiwan Supports NeuStar


Bldg. 51, 195 Sec. 4, Chung Hsing Rd.,
Chutung, Hsinchu, Taiwan 310, R.O.C.

Dear ICANN Board Member,

The Industry Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is a government sponsored R&D organization dedicated to developing various technologies for Taiwan. The ITRI has more than 6,000 employees.  One of the groups associated with ITRI is the Communication Research Laboratories, or the CCL.  CCL’s mission is to develop computer and communications related technologies in Taiwan.  CCL consists of over 700 staff members most of which have Masters or PhD degrees.  CCL gets it’s funding to pursue its aggressive R&D projects from both the government and Taiwan’s local vendors. Once CCL’s R&D efforts are incubated they are transferred to local vendors for commercialization.  CCL spends a considerable amount of time working on a variety of Internet and broadband/wireless communications projects.  

CCL feels that it is very important that the .ORG evaluation committee give careful consideration to who is selected to transition, manage and run the .ORG registry.  In our opinion, several selection criteria should be used when evaluating the proposals before you.  First, the registry operator should have a neutral trusted third-party business model.  In our mind this means that the new registry operator should not be in the business of marketing and selling domain names, and thereby competing with their distribution channel, directly.   Second, the party you select should have experience operating a large-scale registry platform and providing all of the functions necessary to support the accredited distribution channel.  Finally, the registry operator you select should have both the experience and the tract record necessary to transition the registry from its current manager to the new platform.

Given each of these key considerations, we feel it is important to write and extend our support for NeuStar.  NeuStar’s business model is ideal given that they are a neutral trusted third-party today in their both their core business as well as their domain registry businesses.  Furthermore, NeuStar has the experience and infrastructure needed to interface with the existing ICANN registrars, which are the .ORG distribution channels.  Their specific experience here stems from their established .BIZ and .US businesses.  NeuStar also has a proven track record when it comes to transitioning mission critical public resources.  Their experience here stems from their successful transition of the .US registry.
In our opinion the ideas for the Global Advisory Council that NeuStar put fourth in their proposal are also in keeping with our thoughts.  We feel that a Global Advisory Council, like the one NeuStar described in its proposal, could serve as the appropriate forum for ensuring that the views of the non-commercial Internet community are heard. If NeuStar is selected to operate the .ORG Registry the CCL intends to actively participate in the .ORG Global Advisory Council at either the Selection Committee, Council or membership level.


Bao-Shuh Paul Lin
Vice President of ITRI
General Director of CCL & STC


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