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    ICANN Staff and Structure The DNSO begins to unravel
    posted by Mueller on Tuesday October 01 2002, @04:39PM

    Three of Seven Constituencies Fail to Pay, May Lose Voting Rights

    For months, the ICANN Board and management have mostly ignored its Domain Name Supporting Organization in its policy-making capacity. The DNSO has made this increasingly easy to do by becoming slow and sometimes deliberately delinquent in its processes. Whatever happened to the UDRP Task Force, for example? Wasn't that supposed to finish its work back in April or May of 2002? The current chair of that Task Force, J. Scott Evans of the Intellectual Property constituency, hasn't even sent a single message to that groups' list since he was elected chair.

    The chickens are coming home to roost. Irrelevance breeds apathy. Now no less than three of the DNSO's 7 constituencies are not paying their dues and will no longer vote. The ISP and Connectivity Providers' constituency, the Noncommercial constituency, and the ccTLD constituency will lose their voting rights by October 20 unles they cough up about $14,000 for the privilege of playing in the DNSO's sandlot.

    The money goes to pay for the DNSO Secretariat staff and web site. Here are the grim statistics:

    Show-cause notice on July 18, 2002
    Final notice August 20, 2002
    Loss of voting rights, October 20, 2002
    ISPCPC amount owed $13.994 for 2002
    A 5% late fee of $699.70 was levied on 18 July, 2002.
    An additional 5% late payment fee of $ 699.70 for the final notice, August 20.

    Show cause notice on July 18, 2002
    Final notice August 20, 2002
    Loss of voting rights, October 20, 2002
    NCDNHC amount owed $13.774 fore 2002
    A 5% late fee of $699.20 was levied on 18 July, 2002.
    An additional 5% late payment fee of $ 699.20 (final notice)

    Show cause notice July 18, 2002
    Final notice August 20, 2002
    Loss of voting rights, October 20, 2002
    ccTLD amount owed $11,994.
    A 5% late fee of $599.70 levied on 18 July, 2002 An additional 5% late payment fee of $ 524.75

    Now given the way things work in DNSO, the ISP constituency's dues will probably be paid by the Business and Commercial (B&C) users' constituency - they are, after all, the same constituency (one of the DNSO's dirty little secrets). Key members of B&C: AT&T and Verizon, two telephone companies that are both business "users" and (yep, you guessed it) major ISPs. But it is hard to conceive of how or why the ccTLDs would put up that kind of money. And the Noncommercial constituency has shown utterly no interest this time in maintaining its voting rights, much less in raising the money required.

    Once one constituency leaves, the revenue shortfall required to maintain the DNSO secretariat will have to be covered by the other constituencies. This will raise the ante, making it even more difficult for the shaky ISP constituency to meet its obligations. Death spiral, anyone?

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    Re: The DNSO begins to unravel
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Thursday October 03 2002, @09:09AM (#9536)
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    It appears the DNSO should have sufficient funds for the remainder of its existence. -g
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    Re: The DNSO begins to unravel
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday October 01 2002, @06:57PM (#9493)
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    R.S. or someone better grab ccnso.org too. :) -g
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