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    Re: Victory Ready To Renew MOU
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Saturday September 14 2002, @05:12AM (#9230)
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    I don't have answers to your good questions Ray, and I doubt you'll get any from Nancy Victory. The ITU is already involved in the regulation of radio frequencies, telephone numbers, ENUM and a host of other areas. While there are sometimes issues and debates regarding some of these, they are orders of magnitude less than the issues surrounding ICANN, even though many of them deal with far more finite resources than ICANN has responsibility for. This can probably be put down to the ITU for the most part being competent and not corrupt, and ICANN for the most part being incompetent and corrupt. I don't think either leaving regulation to ICANN or leaving regulation undefined is a good situation, I suspect some of those delegates to the ITU feel the same. -g
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    Re: Victory Ready To Renew MOU
    by Anonymous on Saturday September 14 2002, @10:19AM (#9235)
    "Later this month, Victory will be part of the U.S. delegation at a meeting of the International Telecommunications Union in Marrakech, Morocco. The United States intends to oppose the ITU's efforts to participate more in Internet regulation, Victory said."

    Which is again a corroboration of the view held by many Europeans that ICANN is a global experiment to raise a new and necessary international regime while avoiding a clash with the US politicians about an UN-role or another lengthy treaty negotiation.

    As long as the US Congress is not willing to step into an international treaty or defer it to ITU or another UN-body, ICANN will stay in place in some form. Just remember what happened with the IAHC and gTLD-MoU. Those initiatives were killed after extensive lobbying by NSI fostering anti-UN resentments.

    The negative attitude of US politicians against the UN-style of international bodies is well known by the rest of the world and a fact they have to deal with. ICANN is the prize US citizens pay for the incapability of the USA administration and Congress to engage themselves in any new multi-lateral initiative under an UN umbrella. They have to pay it as the main alternative - cutting the US from the global internet - is even less attractive for the USA's national interests in IT and e-commerce.

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