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    Re:No need to drag the ccTLDs into it
    by Anonymous on Monday February 10 2003, @11:56AM (#11138)
    I suspect that the ccTLD folks at .de, .nz, and elsewhere might want to voice their concerns about IANA under ICANN as well - It's only been a couple of months since IANA withheld critical operational updates to ccTLD NS records, thus placing the link between the root and the ccTLD at risk of operational failure. These updates were withheld on specious grounds that have no technical basis and were applied to coerce ccTLDs to sign contracts with ICANN. I wonder what would happen if ICANN-as-IANA tried the same trick with .us?
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    Re:No need to drag the ccTLDs into it
    by dmehus on Monday February 10 2003, @12:20PM (#11139)
    User #3626 Info | http://doug.mehus.info/
    Below is a copy of my letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce [doc.gov], offering support for the IMS' bid to operate the IANA, or, at the very least, have the process be competitively bid.
    Carol Silverman
    Contracting Officer
    U.S. Department of Commerce
    Phone: (301) 258-4505 x226 Fax: (301) 258-4525
    E-mail: csilverman@doc.gov [mailto]
    CC: Karl Auerbach; A. Michael Froomkin; Loren Sunell - Contract Specialist, NOAA
    Dear Ms. Silverman:
    I am writing to you today as a technology-savvy user thoroughly concerned with the continued evolution of the Internet. I am supporting the Internet Multicasting Service, Inc.'s ("IMS") bid to operate the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority ("IANA") and perform the functions therein. IMS is a legitimate 501(c)(3) nonprofit public research corporation. In addition, IMS would ensure the security and stability that the domain name root server system would require.
    The behaviour of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") over the past four and half years is, at best, poor. It constantly trades favours with big business, allowing domain names to be taken away from legitimate small businesses; its administration of the domain name root server system is severly lacking which resulted in a brute force Denial of Service ("DoS") attack last year that left 7 or 9 of the 13 root servers non-responsive for more than three hours; and it continuely ignores the advice of the Internet community.
    In my opinion, the duties of the IANA and ICANN should be completely separate with the IANA being run, hopefully by IMS, to perform IP address allocation and technical protocol parameter specification and ICANN performing the administration and creation of generic Top-Level Domains ("gTLDs"). I would invite you to contact Karl Auerbach, an elected and current director of ICANN who had to sue ICANN to obtain standard documents that any director of a corporation should have a right to see, at karl@cavebear.com [mailto]. For the purpose of clarity, he won that lawsuit on all counts. I am sure he would not mind filling you in on many of the problems facing ICANN, and why the duties of IANA should be performed by a separate organization. Professor Michael Froomkin would also be a good person to contact at froomkin@law.miami.edu [mailto] for more information. Both of these gentlemen are true professionals in their respective fields and are two of the most highly regarded individuals when it comes to the operation of the Internet. Professor Froomkin also operates ICANNWatch (http://www.icannwatch.org/ [icannwatch.org]), which is a community watchdog group that monitors ICANN's daily activities and reports on them to Internet users around the world.
    Please consider the Internet Multicasting Service, Inc. as the next operator of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, or at the very least, conduct an open and fair bid process.
    Doug Mehus

    1. Presolicitation Notice (REF#NTIA909-3-0050CH)
    D -- Information technology services, including telecommunications services
    http://www.eps.gov/spg/DOC/NOAA/AGAMD/Reference-Nu mber-NTIA909-3-0050CH/SynopsisP.html

    2. IMS Request that IANA Function be Competitively Bid

    3. Internet Multicasting Service, Inc.
    http://not.invisible.net/Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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