"Lots of important stuff involving the DNS happens outside ICANN. This proposal does not address the many privacy and competition issues raised by ENUM. But it might get ICANN further out of ENUM, which can't be all bad."
True that, for sure.
But just as a heads-up, the ENUM Legal Experts Group of the (not IETF-related) ENUM Forum, chartered with developing ENUM implementation in the U.S., this week discussed using ICANN's formation as a model for "eliminating antitrust issues" so the Forum can discuss alt root-equivalent issues.
Its the precedent of using ICANN as a policy model for anything, let alone doing an end-run around antitrust issues, that concerns me.
(As a non-lawyer member of the ENUM Forum, I can attend Legal Experts Group meetings, but I'm not allowed to vote. ENUM Forum membership is free. And we could use some lawyers and other advocates, who represent the public and end-user interests.)