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    ICANN Staff and Structure Catch 22? Reconsideration Committee Says Stay of .aero Denied
    posted by michael on Monday December 17 2001, @04:03AM

    ICANN's reconsideration committee yesterday denied Edward Hasbrouck's request for a stay of the .aero agreement pending his reconsideration request. The Committee's message, signed by Board Squatter and Reconsideration Committee Chair Hans Kraaijenbrink, states that Mr. Hasbrouck's petition contains "no new material grounds for Mr. Hasbrouck's objections that were not already addressed in his original two messages and that were not available to and considered by Board members during the seven-day last-call procedure." In the next paragraph, the statement says that no member of the committee though he was entitled to a stay.

    Although the two statements are not explicitly linked, no other reason is given and the implication is clear: Because the ICANN Reconsideration Policy says that the committee is free to ignore arguments people failed to make before the decision under appeal was taken was taken, and the committee now says merely repeating old arguments isn't grounds for a stay, there now appears to be a Catch-22 situation for reconsideration requests under which NO argument is EVER eligible for a stay!

    Meanwhile, although the Committee routinely throws out applications that are not filed within the 30-day period for appeals, it routinely fails to meet its own 30-day deadline for ruling on them. Currently, the oldest pending application appears to be from March 10, 2000 (although it also appears to be moot, which may be why there's no decision listed on the Reconsideration Committee Page), followed by one dated May 20, 2000 (the one that ICANN mysteriously lost for over a year). Jonathan Weinberg and I have been waiting since August 8, 2001.

    A Board that cared more about its relations with the public might at least explain the source of this routine delay.

    If you don't file on time, you lose automatically. If ICANN doesn't decide on time, nothing happens-- except that eventually even if you won (not that you would) it would be too late to matter. Meanwhile, what ever happened to the Independent Review Board? So much for checks and balances.

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    Re: Catch 22? Reconsideration Committee Says Stay
    by ehasbrouck on Monday December 17 2001, @05:32AM (#4086)
    User #3130 Info | http://hasbrouck.org
    In addition to Micahel Froomkin's well-taken points, it's worth noting that I *did* submit specific reasons for a stay, and that the reasons and standards for granting a stay would normally be somewhat different from the reasons and standards for acting on the underlying request.

    FWIW, the statement posted yesterday (which Mr. Touton was kind enough to advise me of) doesn't appear to be, strictly speaking, a denial of my request for a stay pending reconsideration (although it is likely to have the same effect). It appears, from Mr. Touton's message to me, that he interprets yesterday's statement that way as well. I'm pleased to find that we agree on at least this much.

    In parallel with my request for a stay, I had asked Mr. Lynn as ICANN President not to sign the draft agreement while the request for a stay was pending. According to the statement, "Dr. Lynn has requested the Committee's guidance on how to proceed in view of Mr. Hasbrouck's request that he refrain from signing the .aero agreement.... no member of the Committee has expressed the view that it is appropriate to stay the completion of the agreement with the .aero Sponsor. I have therefore advised Dr. Lynn that there is no reason to delay moving forward with the agreement. --Hans Kraaijenbrink, Chair, Reconsideration Committee."

    I understand this statement to be merely nonbinding advice to Mr. Lynn as to how to exercise his discretionary authority while the request for a stay is pending, *not* a decision on the request for a stay. According to Mr. Touton's e-mail message to advise me of this statement, "This does not constitute the Reconsideration Committee's recommendation to the Board in this matter; the Committee is still considering the request."

    It's not clear to me whether a stay could be granted by the Reconsideration Committee alone, or if a stay would require a vote of the full Board. Since the Committee has never recommended a stay, the question has never arisen. We shall see what (if anything) happens, and when (if ever).

    Edward Hasbrouck
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    Re: Catch 22? Reconsideration Committee Says Stay
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Monday December 17 2001, @11:02PM (#4104)
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    The .aero listing here on the icann tld page has gone to green and the lower listing for it (as with .pro on this date) is gone. I assume that means it's a done deal. -g
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    Re: Catch 22? Reconsideration Committee Says Stay
    by ehasbrouck on Tuesday December 18 2001, @07:38AM (#4115)
    User #3130 Info | http://hasbrouck.org
    The .aero agreement has been signed:

    ".aero TLD Sponsorship Agreement (Signed 17 December 2001)"

    "On 17 December 2001, ICANN and Societe Internationale de
    Telecommunications Aeronautiques SC (SITA) entered into a TLD Sponsorship
    Agreement under which SITA sponsors the .aero top-level domain."


    Interestingly, several sections of the agreement were revised after the
    draft was posted for comment and approval. The revisions were only posted
    as part of the signed agreement; they were never subject to any review,
    approval, or comment by the Board of Directors or the public. See:




    The changes appear minor, but no indication was posted of who made the
    changes, or how they are supposed to have been authorized or approved.

    Edward Hasbrouck
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    Re: Catch 22? Reconsideration Committee Says Stay
    by Anonymous on Monday December 17 2001, @05:15AM (#4084)
    What kind of message does that send to children growing up in the U.S. ?
    "Elections matter"?
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