From: <frannie.wellings@gmail.com>
To: <DNSTransition@ntia.doc.gov>
Date: Sat, Jul 1, 2006 8:00 AM
Subject: Comments on DNS Transition, Docket No. 060519136-6136-01

To the U.S. Department of Commerce:

The Internet's value is created by the participation and cooperation of people all over the world. The Internet is global, not national. Therefore no single Government should have a pre-eminent role in Internet governance.

As the US reviews its contract with ICANN, it should work cooperatively with all stakeholders to complete the transition to a Domain Name System independent of US governmental control.

The US would fight vigorously if another country unilaterally held the control we currently do. It's clear that this control is exercised, particularly over the whois data, and this is inappropriate. Internet users across the world are right to be frustrated that the US will not break its hold on ICANN.

The role of ICANN is at risk in large part due to the connection with the US Government (and partially because of its own performance). It would be useful for the US, if it's concerned about ICANN moving forward, to let go of its hold on the body rather than push to maintain it.

ICANN has its own problems including the role and functions of the business constituency topping the others and the role of the GAC, in addition to poor choices by the ICANN staff. However, these are issues that could be fixed from within. The overwhelming US influence on decision-making and the perceptions it creates can only be fixed by the US government stepping back from its role.

Respectfully submitted,

Frannie Wellings
United States