From: David Reid <david@REID-IBA.com>
To: <DNSTransition@ntia.doc.gov>
Date: Wed, Jun 21, 2006 6:19 PM
Subject: ICANN

The transition of the Internet Domain Name system to the private sector has not been as smooth as it should have been. My observations and personal experience is that ICANN is basically difficult to reach and unresponsive to all but a handful of organizations with influence. The lack of a cogent policy as to what organizations or companies may operate to assign domain names means that many disreputable companies have signed on to this program as a front for their ad driven search engines that capture mistyped URLs and then promptly fill the users screen with literally dozens of pop-up windows as well as polluting the user's computer with scripts, spyware and modifications to the user's browser. Complaints to ICANN about this type of abuse go totally unanswered. There appears to be no useful function served by ICANN other than to spend a lot of time and money arguing amongst themselves about the latest new top level domain to release and the annual spitball fight over the .xxx domain.

In short, I don't see how any organization could do a worse job of managing the domain name system than ICANN has done. Their organization lacks any sort of accountability what-so-ever nor do they demand any accountability from the companies that they allow to function as name assignment entities. They have done little to nothing toward developing policies to control or curb abuse. They should be dissolved in favor of a better and more accountable organization.

David W Reid

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