I just got the following email from ISOC, complete with wonky formatting. Here is a clickable link to the referenced http://www.isoc.org/dotorg. -g|
Dear Internet Society Member:
I am writing to inform you of a recent decision by the Internet
Society Board of Trustees to submit a bid to the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers, Inc. ("ICANN") to succeed VeriSign,
as the registry operator for the .ORG top-level domain. This bid is
being announced formally, and we wanted to be sure you were informed.
Now that the bid is being officially submitted, we can provide you
We’ve set up a section of our Web site (http://www.isoc.org/dotorg)
should answer your questions about .ORG, why ISOC is making a bid,
structure we envision. I hope that you will support ISOC in these
If you do, we ask that you send a letter of support to ICANN. Please
http://www.isoc.org/dotorg and use the online submission form you’ll
As one of the oldest "Internet institutions," ISOC has long led
that contribute to an open and stable Internet. Through its
support of education and training, Internet standards and protocol,
policy, ISOC has played a critical role in ensuring that the Internet
developed in a stable and open manner and we believe that this is a
extension of those efforts.
ISOC's mission is wholly consistent with a non-commercial philosophy
plans for .ORG will enable it to flourish as a truly global home
to serving the unique interests of non-commercial organizations on
In addition, ISOC expects to be able to add significant value to the
space in total, given our roots, values, and technical knowledge.
We have chosen to work with Afilias Limited, which will be our
services provider. Afilias successfully deployed the first EPP-based
system with the launch of .INFO, and has a proven back-office system
clearly execute the policies required for a stable and effective
management of .ORG.
This is an excellent partnership for ISOC, non-commercial entities,
registry, and the Internet, and we thank you in advance for your
Lynn St. Amour