From: Matt Blackman <mattb006@pegasus.rutgers.edu>
To: <DNSTransition@ntia.doc.gov>
Date: Sun, Jul 2, 2006 9:49 PM
Subject: Comments on DNS transition

To the NTIA:

The Internet's current value has been enhanced by the participation and cooperation of people all over the world, yet without the foresight and contributions of the people of the United States, and their government, this valuable tool would not exist in the form that we know it today. Unless those advocates of independent control show some proof that the pre-eminent role of the United States in Internet governance has caused some substantial detrimental effect, a presumption of bad faith on the part of the United States, or its government, violates traditional principles of equity.

As the United States reviews its contract with ICANN, it should keep in mind the fundamental principles of its own legal system before relinquishing its valuable role to those without valid basis for a claim of right. Furthermore, the United States should be wary of the stifling effect that governance by an international bureaucracy may have on the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that drives the Internet, using the effectiveness of other internationalized efforts as a basis for comparison.

Respectfully submitted,

Matt Blackman
United States