From: Alex Blewitt <Alex.Blewitt@bandlem.com>
To: <DNSTransition@ntia.doc.gov>
Date: Sun, Jul 2, 2006 8:41 PM
Subject: International and open

I think that the body overseeing the internet should not be one run or controlled by any one country's government. We've already seen puritan interference with the rejection of the .xxx domain in the past; one where the clear will of the majority of people throughout the globe has a different opinion to the views of the current incumbent in the white house (and whose policies seem to be turning back the clock of time in America's evolution). Don't let the same happen to ICANN! Make it a body that is co-ordinated by (for example) the United Nations. If the current position is turned over to final ownership of the US government, then there is a danger that countries will simply start moving away or trying to compete with their own standards, which helps no-one.

Alex Blewitt
Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom