ISPCP comments on delay to the GNSO Review
The Internet Service Provider and Connectivity Providers (SPCP) Constituency offer the following comments on the potential recommendation by the Board Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) to postpone the GNSO Review and establish a new schedule within the next six months. The ISPCP does not support the proposal to delay this activity. This review is already mandated within the ICANN Bylaws, Article IV, Section 4 and at this point in time there are also additional factors that underline the need for that to begin as early as possible. As a result of the new gTLD program many more players within the existing structure will qualify for membership of other Constituencies than was previously the case. In addition players from other Support Organisations will also wish to participate in GNSO activities. The unbalance that is already occurring needs to be addressed by the GNSO review and there is no justification to delay. The emergence of new Constituencies and the resulting impact on stakeholder groups, coupled with the need for equal and balanced representation also demands action sooner, rather than later. In addition one of our major concerns is that some structural improvements within constituencies already requested in the context of the FY budget plan may be even more delayed by conditioning with the GNSO review (and its potential delay). During the Durban meeting the Board heard a number of times from parts of the GNSO Community that the current level of demand and the resulting work overload was impacting the ability of some parties to keep pace, yet some of those problems may well be alleviated as a result of a successful review of the GNSO and the streamlining that should occur. From the experience of conducting previous reviews it is apparent that any review of the GNSO will require a lengthy period of time before identified changes can be introduced. The ISPCP believe that such changes should be rolled out as a continuous plan of improvement. It is not always necessary to adopt a big bang approach towards change. The ISPCP urge the Board to move forward in identifying any required changes as quickly as possible with a view to introducing those that can deliver quantifiable benefits to all stakeholders through a rolling program of change. The ISPCP believe that addressing the current structural and process issues related to the most complex and volatile part of the ICANN organisation should be given priority and not delayed as a result of ICANN's broad focus on other issues. If the current demands in other areas are the reason for this delay, then ICANN's current priorities are wrong. The importance of strengthening the policy making process of the GNSO by undertaking regular scheduled reviews was duly recognised within the ICANN Bylaws for well-founded and fully justifiable reasons. The need for strict adherence to that requirement has not abated. Submitted on behalf of the ISPCP Constituency.