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    Re: 1.ENUM
    by joppenheimer on Wednesday May 01 2002, @02:01PM (#6114)
    User #5 Info | http://JudithOppenheimer.com
    A few observations ...

    Internet companies see in ENUM an opportunity to shift the service, revenue and policy paradigms of the numbering space to the internet industry.

    Verizon on ENUM: "The integrity of a specific Global Service is determined by the way it is understood by the public in a specific context and implementation, as well as its particular numbering allocation, routing designation, and billing mechanisms as outlined in ITU Recommendations."

    VeriSign on ENUM: "E.164 ... pertains to regulated Public Telecom Services, not to Internet-based services provided to private users. Simply placing an E.164 number in an Internet based services directory shouldn't make that directory the subject of ITU jurisdiction and oversight. Indeed, it shouldn't make it the subject of any government regulatory schema." ... "Let providers and end users in the marketplace determine what applications are or are not associated with these numbers."

    (from an April 2001 ICB article):

    While not specifically written into any ICANN contracts, the ICANN FAQ covering the new VeriSign Agreement says, "Concerns have been voiced that the ENUM World initiative.... ICANN management believes that, when a registry operator seeks to provide services by leveraging the "DNS infrastructure" that it exclusively operates under its registry agreement with ICANN, those services should be subject to technical requirements and other policies developed through the ICANN process."

    Vint Cerf: "To the extent that enum relies on .arpa, that aspect surely falls under ICANN responsibility."

    (from an August 2001 ICB article):

    Worldcom: By agreeing at SG 2 that when E.164 numbers are entered into the Internet that PSTN service integrity is maintained, then foreign regulators could argue that you need to bring PSTN regulations into the Internet."

    My 2 cents:

    This last sentence could easily be rewritten to say, "... by agreeing at WIPO that when trademarks are entered into the Internet that WIPO policy integrity is maintained, then foreign legislators could argue that you need to bring WIPO regulations into the Internet."

    In fact WIPO trademark regulations have followed trademarks onto the internet. If WIPO regulation of its items - trademarks - followed trademark use onto the Internet, then it makes sense that ITU regulation of its items - E.164 numbers - should follow number use onto the Internet.

    Both are international organizations that regulate "items" - one words, the other, numbers. If WIPO regulation of words offline is applied to words online, then ITU regulation of numbers offline, should be applied to numbers online.



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