[The Arc is the national organization devoted to promoting and improving supports
and services for people with mental retardation and their families.]
Board of Directors:
I am writing to express my support for the Internet Society's
(ISOC) bid to manage the .ORG registry. As a user and supporter of the Internet,
I believe that a successful Internet Society bid would be good for .ORG and for the
Internet as a whole.
ISOC has long led activities that contribute to an open, stable,
thriving Internet. ISOC organizes its many talented members to serve the Internet
through initiatives in education and training, standards and protocols, and public
policy. Additionally, ISOC supports and facilitates open mechanisms that enable consensus
on key Internet development issues.
Further, I believe that ISOC's mission of promoting
"the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all
the people in the world" is in full harmony with the purpose of .ORG, and that ISOC
will make an effective steward for the domain. Working with its talented membership
and with its technical partners, ISOC will enable .ORG to flourish as a truly global
home for noncommercial interests on the Internet.
I urge you to consider the Internet
Society's proposal favorably, and help appoint the Internet Society as the next registry
manager of .ORG.
Steven M. Eidelman
Spring, MD USA