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    Re: More Congressional Pressure for New TLDs
    by rforno (rforno@infowarrior.org) on Monday August 13 2001, @03:36AM (#1801)
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    'Glacial' is a perfect term to describe ICANN. I wonder how much longer their inactivity will continue before Congress steps in to change things - ICANN's continued daintiness is not good for encouraging and spurring Internet commerce and enterpreneurship, let alone the average Joe that wants a domain name.

    To Mike and the other lawyers out there......does ICANN fit the definition of a 'cartel'? They may be on their way to join the ranks of OPEC, RIAA, and MPAA......the way some of these new TLDs have been rolled out reeks of collusion and monopoly tactics. (IMO, IANAL)

    To avoid this, ICANN must develop plans for an alternate route, speed up the new TLD process, and/or offer more TLDs without the broohaa and anticonsumer provisions, otherwise shape their image and operations up......

    but I won't hold my breath.

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    Re: More Congressional Pressure for New TLDs
    by Anonymous on Monday August 13 2001, @09:12AM (#1807)
    I found the part about previous applicants and those who have used alternative roots to be very encouraging.

    Perhaps there is hope for .Web and .Kids after all!
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    Re: More Congressional Pressure for New TLDs
    by Anonymous on Monday August 13 2001, @12:44PM (#1812)
    This is very encouraging news for a couple of reasons which I will get to in a moment.
    As the months passed by without news from the Senate and Congressional hearings on ICANN I figured it was a dead end. I don't know how these things work however I have followed this from the beginning and one of my concerns was that some or all of the members of Congress holding these hearings would be lacking in knowledge and since ICANN is an expert in the art of ambiguity I was afraid that the committee would come to believe ICANN's view. I listened to both hearings live and poured over the testimony on a few occasions and I thinks it's fair to say that the Congressional Committee was better informed compared to the disappointing Senate hearing although afterward I think I recall hearing that Senator Burns was approaching it as just the beginning and he would seek to learn more. The Senate hearing only consisted of two Senators but I happen to know for a fact that one of the Senators on the committee not present has been obtaining information and is genuinely concerned about this issue.
    I realize the letter comes from some of the members who held the Congressional hearing but perhaps we will be hearing some news soon from Senate members as well?

    This a positive step because while the hearings were held out of the growing concerns about ICANN, they were only inquiries but now a “position” has emerged and one that doesn’t rubberstamp ICANN. One indication in my opinion that these Congressmen have done their homework and are up to speed is their mention of "alternative roots"

    The ball is in ICANN's court, what do they intend to do with it?

    Well if ICANN president Stuart Lynn's recent comments are any indication I would have to say not much so it will be interesting to see how this will turn out. The ICANN president might want to keep an eye on his feet, if you know what I mean!

    Congressional Leaders Demand New Internet Domains

    I believe ICANN has become so comfortable over the years doing what they please that the assumption is they are unaccountable to anyone. Certainly the useless Department of Commerce could have only contributed to ICANN's conduct. The DoC is either incompetent or there is something more serious taking place? When I look back I'm appalled by the DoC's lack of oversight and intervention and last year is a prime example, ICANN decided to amend their bylaws regarding the @large membership, yet the DoC did nothing at all. ICANN was required and promised that the public would elect half of the board yet the promise has been broken. The fact that we are subjected to a "study" to begin with is abhorrent but even worse is that it considers the existence of the @large membership at all. This defies logic not to mention fairness and honesty.

    Since the DoC is ineffective who will ICANN be accountable to? The only answer we hear is Congress. but again I get the impression that ICANN thinks they will continue to do as they please we can only hope that they will be humbled to put it mildly.

    In order to avoid being misunderstood and to be fair I was referring to the DoC of the past administration.
    I am holding some faith and am willing to keep an open mind at this point about Secretary Evans and his staff because they are still relatively new to the position and things don't change overnight. The letter Sec Evans sent to ICANN allows some hope. My use of the word some is due to the fact that it was on Secretary Evans watch that the Versign giveaway was approved. Perhaps this is all naivety on my part but for me I am willing give Sec Evans the benefit of the doubt for the time being however the .US issue as of late doesn't help lend much to the "benefit" side of the equation nearly as much as it does the side of "doubt"

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    Re: More Congressional Pressure for New TLDs
    by Anonymous on Monday August 13 2001, @02:32PM (#1814)
    The US Government has no business telling the rest of the world what domain extensions to use. Comitee members who are obviously lacking the technical knowledge required to run a DNS should certainly keep out of ICANN's decisions making process.
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