July 4, 2006

 

Via Electronic Mail

 

Ms. Fiona Alexander

Office of International Affairs

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.

Room 4701

Washington, DC

20230

 

Dear Ms. Alexander:

 

 

Re:†††† The Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System

 

Further to your request, we write to comment on the progress of transition of the technical coordination and management of the Internet domain name and addressing system to the private sector.

 

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is the not-for-profit Canadian corporation responsible for operating the dot-ca Internet country code Top Level Domain as a key public resource for all Canadians in an innovative, open, and efficient manner.

 

Key to a successful transition of the functions identified above is the success of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). CIRA is committed to the ICANN model of bottom-up, multi-stakeholder global Internet governance. This model represents a bold experiment. It holds tremendous potential for the long-term, stable management of the Internet.

 

In recent months, CIRA has become increasingly concerned that ICANN has begun to stray from its core values and therefore erode legitimacy with its stakeholders. This problem must be remedied quickly and effectively.

 

In an open letter to ICANN dated March 17, 2006 (available at: http://www.cira.ca/news-releases/171.html), CIRA called on ICANN to strengthen its commitment to:

 

  • Transparency;
  • Accountability; and
  • Fair processes.

 

CIRA has yet to receive a satisfactory response to the issues raised in this letter.† ††Accordingly, and in a spirit of constructive engagement:

 

CIRA recommends that ICANN engage a non-governmental, independent consultant to conduct a wide-reaching, public review of ICANNís transparency, accountability and the fairness of its processes and to provide a road-map for ICANNís reform.

 

This review can be conducted in a manner similar to the review of each Supporting Organization Council, each Advisory Committee (other than the Governmental Advisory Committee), and the Nominating Committee as set out in Article IV, Section 4 of ICANNís Bylaws.

 

We remain optimistic that ICANN will emerge from any reform process stronger and better.† We continue to offer any assistance we can to ICANN and to the ICANN community in this regard.††††††††

 

If you have any questions arising from this submission please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Yours very truly,

 

Canadian Internet Registration Authority

 

Clyde Beattie

Board of Directors, Chair

 

Bernard Turcotte

President and Chief Executive Officer