From: Luis R Furlan <furlan@uvg.edu.gt>
To: <DNSTransition@ntia.doc.gov>
Date: Fri, Jul 7, 2006 8:20 PM
Subject: [LACTLD] Comments on DNS Transition - Docket No. 060519136-6136-01

Regarding the NTIA Notice of Inquiry we appreciate the opportunity to make some comments.

NIC.gt shares the views expressed by its regional organization LACTLD and submits following comments.

We strongly support the internationalized multi-stakeholder bottom-up model. And we certainly do not support any models subordinated to a specific government or governments.

We expect to see the next stage of the ICANN transition at the conclusion of the current MoU this year.

ICANN should continue its evolution and, in our view, should remain organizationally and financially stable and mature.

ICANN must improve its internationalization. Having regional liaisons is just the first step. It's needed to foster regional participation from all the stakeholders in every region to strengthen ICANN legitimacy.

It is important to further internationalize ICANN particularly to make it less captive of the rules of only one jurisdiction. The US government needs to lessen its perceived and actual influence on day-to-day operations of ICANN and its role with the DNS, especially the IANA functions.

Furthermore, ICANN must encourage Governments participation into the GAC - Government Advisory Committee.

We believe that in the new scenario where the US Government has transitioned the Domain Name System and the control of the Root updating to ICANN, now as an independent and international organization, it will be possible to dismiss the 'US centric' perception of many stakeholders, between them some governments, and move swiftly toward a secure and fast growing Internet.

Respectfully submitted,

NIC.gt
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
www.gt

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Luis R. Furlan
Director, Centro de Estudios en Informatica Aplicada
Director, Departamento de Ciencias de la Computacion
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
E-mail: furlan@uvg.edu.gt
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