From: Bruno Wolff III <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Jul 3, 2006 11:40 AM
Subject: The Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination
and Management of the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System
I have been following ICANN since the initial election
of directors. (I voted
in that election.)
Initially I had much hope for ICANN, as Network Solutions
was not doing a
very good job as a registry. While there has been some
registry operations since then, things could be better.
And the indications
are currently that for .com things will be getting worse.
ICANN should not be involved in domain name disputes
within a top level
domain. It has been effectively making new trademark
rights and that should
not be part of its job.
ICANN has not been allowing the creation of new top
level domains at a
reasonable rate. It is charging a lot of money up front
and is worrying about aspects of new top level domains
that it shouldn't be.
It shouldn't be ICANN's business what purpose, if any,
a top level domain
has. That should be up to the registry operator.
Because ICANN has prevented competition in top level
domains, it should at
least make sure the monopolies it has created for running
the domain registries
for .com, .org and .edu, are running them in the public
interest. This means
keeping prices in line with costs, not allowing the companies
the DNS servers to sell or publish information about
what IP addresses are
making queries, allowing domain holders to keep their
name and contact
information secret, not supporting domain name speculators
at the expense
of people purchasing domain names by giving full refunds
after trial periods.
ICANN wastes a lot of money. They do not need to be
staffed at the levels they
are, nor do they need to throw parties at exotic locations
around the world.
ICANN should be very transparent as part of providing
a public service. In
practice they are extremely secretive with most decisions
The current management of ICANN has a terrible track
record extending back to
its creation and you should strongly consider not giving
them any more chances
and instead give a new group a chance to provide its