October 2, 1998

Honorable William M. Daley

Secretary of Commerce

c/o Karen Rose

Office of International Affairs

Room 471

National Telecommunications and

Information Administration

United States Department of Commerce

14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20230

Re: Management of Internet Names and Addresses

Dear Secretary Daley:

On June 5, 1998, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration ("NTIA") of the United States Department of Commerce issued a policy statement, commonly known as the "White Paper," in which NTIA called on private sector Internet stakeholders to form a not-for-profit corporation to administer policy for the Internet name and address system. Since that time, people all over the world have been working diligently to meet NTIA's challenge, and I believe we have now reached that goal. This accomplishment is the result of an extensive process of discussions and negotiations among a large number of interested people and organizations. The process has included meetings, conferences, and most appropriately for this purpose, extensive use of the Internet. I am very pleased to say that we have reached a successful conclusion. Enclosed are documents reflecting this consensus, including copies of the Articles of Incorporation and proposed Bylaws for this new non-profit organization, which has been incorporated in California.(1) These documents reflect the consensus judgment of the global Internet community as to how to form a corporation that will include the IANA function, and in addition take on other coordination and administrative responsibilities necessary for the continued operational stability and growth of the Internet.

The organization that these documents will create is fully responsive to the criteria and specific recommendations set forth in the White Paper. In particular:

-- Geraldine Capdeboscq, Executive Vice President for Strategy, Technology and Partnerships, BULL. Mrs. Capdeboscq has been with BULL since 1988, serving previously as President of the Smartcards, Terminals and Securization Division.

-- George H. Conrades, Partner, Polaris Venture Partners. Mr. Conrades is the former Chief Executive Officer of BBN Corporation, and most recently GTE Executive Vice President and President, GTE Internetworking, since the acquisition of BBN by GTE in July 1997. He is a director of several companies, and a trustee of The Scripps Research Institute and the Committee for Economic Development.

-- Gregory L. Crew, Chairman, Australian Communications Industry Forum Ltd. Mr. Crew is the former Chief Executive Officer of Mercury Communications Ltd., Chairman of the Australian Information Technology Engineering Centre Ltd., and a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. The ACIF is the organization established by the communications industry in Australia to manage its self-regulatory processes.

-- Esther Dyson, Chairman, EDventure Holdings. Ms. Dyson co-chaired the United States National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council Information Privacy and Intellectual Property subcommittee, sits on the boards of several business organizations, is a member of the board of the Electronic Freedom Foundation, the Santa Fe Institute and the Institute for East-West Studies, and serves on the advisory board of the Software Entrepreneurs Forum and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. She is the author of Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age.

-- Frank Fitzsimmons, Senior Vice President-Global Marketing, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. Mr. Fitzsimmons has been with Dun & Bradstreet since 1987, and is currently responsible for the implementation of new global marketing initiatives in the areas of access systems, software, Internet applications and electronic commerce.

-- Hans Kraaijenbrink, Chairman of the Executive Board, ETNO (Association of European Public Telecommunications Network Operators). Mr. Kraaijenbrink is Manager, European Policy and Regulation for Royal KPV N.V., responsible for European and international regulatory strategic affairs.

-- Jun Murai, Professor, Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University. Professor Murai is also the General Chairperson of the WIDE Project (an Internet research consortium), President of Japan Network Information Centre (JPNIC), an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies, United Nations University, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society.

-- Dr. Eugenio Triana, Internet Management Consultant. Dr. Triana was formerly Secretary General of Industrial Promotion and Technology in the Spanish Ministry of Industry and Energy, and President of the Licensing Executive Society (LES-Spain). He recently left the European Commission staff, where he was Deputy Director General of DG XIII, responsible for the Commission's relations with information and communications technology user interests and for coordinating policy for space and satellite development.

-- Linda S. Wilson, President, Radcliffe College. Dr. Wilson was previously Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan, and is a charter member of the National Academy of Sciences' Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

This distinguished group of individuals is both geographically diverse and possesses the mixture of technical expertise, management experience and consensus-building skills called for by the White Paper and required to move this process forward. Additional biographical information for each of the proposed Initial Board members is attached to this submission. Finally, in response to the White Paper, Article V.1 of the Bylaws provides that the members of the Initial Board may not serve again on the Board until two years have elapsed following the end of their terms.

This organization will be unique in the world -- a non-governmental organization with significant responsibilities for administering what is becoming an important global resource. This is fully in keeping with the historical roots and character of the Internet, but it obviously presents real challenges if it is to function effectively. The experience of creating these organizational documents, which required an extremely diverse group of stakeholders to put aside their differences and concentrate on the job at hand -- recognizing that debate over those differences was merely being postponed -- is instructive and encouraging. The success of this effort is something about which all who were involved can be proud, but more importantly it bodes well for the future work that must yet take place before this organization is fully functional. There are many challenges left for the days and years to come, but the consensus that developed around these documents provides considerable promise that those challenges can also be overcome.

Should you agree that the enclosed materials satisfy the conditions set forth in the White Paper, as I am confident you will, I would welcome the opportunity to facilitate contacts between your office and the new organization to discuss the beginning of the transition process.


Jon Postel


cc (w/encs.): Ira C. Magaziner

R.J. Beckwith Burr

1. While the organization has been formally incorporated, it has not yet elected a board of directors or adopted bylaws, and currently intends to refrain from doing so until the completion of your review of the enclosed materials.