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    The U.S. Department of Commerce Set the Budget
    by Anonymous on Wednesday May 19 2004, @03:56PM (#13618)
    People are forgetting that the U.S. Department
    of Commerce more or less ordered ICANN to increase
    the Budget.

    They equate large and expensive with stable and
    secure.

    ICANN will of course turn that around and use
    it to get U.S. Government funding for more
    and more projects, either directly or indirectly.
    You can be sure that Vinton Cerf is helping MCI
    feed from the U.S. Government pork barrel. Over
    at AT&T, Marilyn "porker" Cade will also be making
    sure those U.S. Government contracts flow to AT&T.

    The $16,000,000 is pocket change. The Budget will
    need to be 10 times that amount to attract the
    people needed to make the "institution" stable
    and on par with the ITU. Sheesh, even the .ORG
    cash cow over at the ISOC has $18,000,000 plus
    going some place with $6 per name for 3+ million
    names. Ask Farber where that goes.

    Over at ARIN, they are swimming in cash. They
    are now starting to give money away, to fund
    groups like NANOG. That buys a lot of beer at
    their social events. That is one way to piss it
    away.

    People are forgetting that for years the ISOC
    insiders told everyone to never "tax" the Internet.
    They claimed that would kill the Internet.
    People can now see why the ISOC did not want
    those taxes, the ISOC taxes the net themselves,
    and laughs all the way to the bank.

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    The European Regulators Group (ERG)
    by Anonymous on Thursday May 20 2004, @03:16AM (#13621)
    http://europa.eu.int

    "The European Regulators Group (ERG), which brings together the national authorities responsible for electronic communication markets, today published a "Common Position" on how they apply remedies to address competition problems in the newly opened markets for electronic communications. The EU regulatory framework sets out a 'menu' of remedies that National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) can apply to address specific problems that may arise in markets where there is one or more operators with significant market power. The 'menu' includes obligations to provide access, non-discrimination, transparency, cost accounting and price control.

    "This is an important milestone for the new regulatory framework", said Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society. "It provides an important step towards delivering the full potential of our reforms through greater predictability, coherence and a more harmonised approach to the way markets operate across the Union. At the same time, I hope regulators in applying these rules will remember that this regulatory framework is about rolling back regulation and promoting competition. The framework must work in a way which supports and does not stifle emerging markets and services. It is now up to national regulators to abide by this Common Position and to provide a sound justification whenever they deviate from it.""

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    CENTR Letter to ICANN on Budget
    by Anonymous on Wednesday May 26 2004, @10:57AM (#13643)
    http://forum.icann.org/lists/budget-comments/msg00 007.html
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