From: "Thomas D. Smith" <>
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Date: Mon, Jul 3, 2006 3:57 AM

Oversight of the internet's root servers should be handled by an impartial international organization, which will not v specifically to any country, instead of a U.S. corporation such as ICANN. The government should relinquish its role in authorizing changes or modifications to the root zone file to a new organization which will balance the interest of all countries involved, not put the interests of specific governments or corporations first. Until this role of "internet overseerer" is relenquished by the U.S. government and a truly international organization is put in place of ICANN, it will be seen with contempt by the international community and as a tool for U.S. corporations to exercise their power.

Thomas D. Smith