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ICANN Meeting on Registry Contracts: Date MOVED UP! (Was 9/13, now 9/7)

ICANN Strategy: 1st a dearth of public issue notice, now shortened hearing date

     
9:34 pm on Aug 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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<Moderator Note: The initial history of the contract revision issue, including the lack of public awareness of the significant contract changes, can be found here. [webmasterworld.com]

First, we should appreciate the hard work of everyone who got the word out, did the legwork and wrote letters before Monday's 5:00 p.m. deadline at ICANN.

Now, it's on to Stage 2: Writing our elected officials.

This will pertain manly to U.S. webmasters, so webmasters outside the U.S. may wish to start a separate thread. It'll keep things better organized, and minimize fighting words between those who disagree on who should oversee ICANN. ;-)

We have more time to compose our thoughts this time around, but still not a whole lot of time. I am still compiling the list of contacts and useful information and hope to post that soon. I would think that we want to get letters and eMails in to the elected officials no later than September 7th, to give them time to study the issue and put some pressure on ICANN before their September 13th meeting.

I think it is important that we get our wording right, too. I think that quality will matter more than quantity. While a big bag of mail on an elected officials desk may impress, if the content is not of high quality, it will likely earn the equivalent of Google's duplicate content penalty. ;-)

So, let's make sure we understand things correctly, and that we word our responses appropriately. Please feel free to correct anyone, including myself, that gives mistaken or incorrect information. My only motivation is to get ICANN to change these agreements, and I will gladly defer to those more knowledgeable than myself.

Aside from writing our elected officials, anyone know of anything else we should be doing? I still think getting the word out in general is still a good idea.

[edited by: ccDan at 9:35 pm (utc) on Aug. 31, 2006]

[edited by: Webwork at 9:06 pm (utc) on Sep. 5, 2006]

2:31 pm on Sept 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I've been busy with work for the past few days, and haven't been able to complete my "guide" and now ICANN moves up the meeting!

Anyway, GeorgeK's advice to contact the anti-trust division is probably still a good idea. If nothing else, at least maybe ICANN will learn that people are watching.

Hopefully, they will turn down the proposed contracts.

For those who still want to write their elected officials, here is my "in-progress" guide that I haven't been able to finish yet. I have been trying to include as much info as I could, including the officials' own web sites, where you can learn about their platforms and tailor your comments to their agendas.

Without further ado...

DOMAIN NAMES INFORMATION
Lots of useful info: U.S. Relationship with ICANN, MOUs, etc.
[ntia.doc.gov...]

OFFICIALS TO CONTACT

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Carlos M. Gutierrez
U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez
Office of the Secretary
Room 5516
U.S. Department of Commerce
14th & Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20230

Phone: 202-482-2000
Email: CGutierrez AT doc.gov

NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS & INFORMATION ASSOCIATION

John M. R. Kneuer
Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information

Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB)
U.S. Department of Commerce / NTIA
1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230

NTIA/ITS
U.S. Department of Commerce
325 Broadway
Boulder, Colorado 80305-3328

Office of the Assistant Secretary
Phone: (202) 482-1830
FAX: (202) 501-0536
Email: jkneuer AT ntia.doc.gov

Not sure which mailing address to use!

U.S. HOUSE COMMERCE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE
* SUBCOMMITTEE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND THE INTERNET [energycommerce.house.gov]

MAJORITY (Republicans)
Rayburn House Office Building 2125
Phone: 202-225-2927

Fred Upton (R - Michigan) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
Chairman
* Running for reelection [uptonforallofus.com]
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-3761
Fax: 202-225-4986
Contact: [house.gov ]

Michael Bilirakis (R - Florida) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
* NOT running for reelection (his son is running for his seat)
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-5755
Fax: 202-225-4085
Contact: [house.gov ]

Cliff Stearns (R - Florida) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-5744
Fax: 202-225-3973
Contact: [house.gov ]

Paul E. Gillmor (R - Ohio) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
* Running for reelection [gillmorforcongress.com]
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-6405
Fax: 202-225-1985
Contact: [house.gov ]

Edward Whitfield (R - Kentucky) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-3115
Fax: 202-225-3547
Contact: [whitfield.house.gov ]

Barbara Cubin (R - Wyoming) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-2311
Fax: 202-225-3057
Contact: [house.gov ]

John Shimkus (R - Illinois) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-5271
Fax: 202-225-5880
Contact: [house.gov ]

Heather A. Wilson (R - New Mexico) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
* Running for reelection in a hotly contested race
* Supported Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-6316
Fax: 202-225-4975
Contact: [wilson.house.gov ]

Charles W. "Chip" Pickering (R - Mississippi) - Voting Reocrd [ontheissues.org]
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-5031
Fax: 202-225-5797
Contact: [house.gov ]

Vito Fossella (R - New York) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
Phone: 202-225-3371
Fax: 202-226-1272
Contact: [house.gov ]

George P. Radanovich (R - California) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-4540
Fax: 202-225-3402
Contact: [house.gov ]

Charles F. Bass, II (R - New Hampshire) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-5206
Fax: 202-225-2946
Contact: cbass AT mail.house.gov

Greg Walden (R- Oregon) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-6730
Fax: 202-225-5774
Contact: [walden.house.gov ]

Lee Terry (R - Nebraska) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-4155
Fax: 202-226-5452
Contact: [house.gov ]

Michael A. Ferguson (R - New Jersey) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
* Running for reelection in a hotly contested race
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-5361
Fax: 202-225-9460
Contact: [house.gov ]

John Sullivan (R - Oklahoma) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-2211
Fax: 202-225-9187
Contact: [sullivan.house.gov ]

Marsha Blackburn (R - Tennessee) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-2811
Fax: 202-225-3004
Contact: [house.gov ]

Joe Barton (R - Texas) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
(Ex Officio)
* Opposed Network Neutrality
 

MINORITY (Democrats)
Rayburn House Office Building 2322
Phone: 202-225-3641

Edward J. Markey (D - Massachusetts) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
* Supports Network Neutrality
Ranking Member
Phone: 202-225-2836
Fax: 202-226-0092
Contact: [markey.house.gov ]

Eliot L. Engel (D - New York)
* Supported Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-2464
Fax: 202-225-5513
Contact: [house.gov ]

Albert R. Wynn (D - Maryland)
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-8699
Fax: 202-225-8714
Contact: [house.gov ]

Michael F. Doyle (D - Pennsylvania)
* Supported Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-2135
Fax: 202-225-3084
Contact: [house.gov ]

Charles A. Gonzalez (D - Texas)
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-3236
Fax: 202-225-1915
Contact: [gonzalez.house.gov ]
campaign=gonzalez&type=Contact%20Me

Jay Inslee (D - Washington)
* Supported, Then Flipped On, Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-6311
Fax: 202-226-1606
Contact: [house.gov ]

Rick Boucher (D - Virginia)
* Supported, Then Flipped On, Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-3861
Fax: 202-225-0442
Contact: ninthnet AT mail.house.gov

Edolphus Towns (D - New York)
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-5936
Fax: 202-225-1018
Contact: [house.gov ]

Frank Pallone Jr. (D - New Jersey)
* Supported, Then Flipped On, Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-4671
Fax: 202-225-9665
Contact: [house.gov ]

Sherrod Brown, (D - Ohio) - Voting Record [ontheissues.org]
* Not running for reelection; running for Senate [sherrodbrown.com]
* Supported, Then Flipped On, Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-3401
Fax: 202-225-2266
Contact: [sherrod.house.gov ]

Bart Gordon (D - Tennessee)
* Supported, Then Flipped On, Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-4231
Fax: 202-225-6887
Contact: [gordon.house.gov ]

Bobby L. Rush (D - Illinois)
* Opposed Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-4372
Fax: 202-226-0333
Contact: [house.gov ]

Anna G. Eshoo (D - California)
* Supported Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-8104
Fax: 202-225-8890
Contact: [eshoo.house.gov ]

Bart Stupak (D - Michigan)
* Supported, Then Flipped On, Network Neutrality
Phone: 202-225-4735
Fax: 202-225-4744
Contact: [house.gov ]

John D. Dingell (D - Michigan)
* Supported Network Neutrality
(Ex Officio)

SALUTATION

[edited by: ccDan at 2:33 pm (utc) on Sep. 7, 2006]

2:38 pm on Sept 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I need to note that the Voting Record links may not be completely accurate (that was where I reached my stopping point--trying to find a more reliable resource). They have the candidate's positions on network neutrality the OPPOSITE of what they actually are. They have, for example, Rep. Markey voting against his own amendment! That despite the fact that the link they provide to the Congressional record shows that he did vote FOR it.

I eMailed the site, but never received a response.

So, I would not regard those voting records as completely reliable.

As I mentioned, the guide is incomplete. Sorry.

7:54 pm on Sept 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A letter has now appeared on ICANN's site (dated September 7th) from a group that appears to be a number of registrars, plus a few companies I don't recognize.

[forum.icann.org ]

Sounds like maybe more of us need to get involved in the GNSO?

7:38 pm on Sept 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like maybe more of us need to get involved in the GNSO?

Best idea in this whole thread. :)

Attempting to overpower ICANN's Board is too little, too late. It's much better to attempt to influence the actual decision-making process (the GNSO) before it is approved and sent to the Board for ratification.

8:06 pm on Sept 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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ICANN has posted a draft summary of the public comments relating to the proposed .biz/info/org contracts:

[icann.org...]

In addition, they noted "Staff reported during the Board meeting that negotiations with the registries are already underway regarding clarification of the issues surrounding differential pricing."

1:02 am on Sept 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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For your info: The U.S. Senate committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Trade, Tourism, and Economic Development Subcommittee will hold hearings to examine the future of ICANN and the governance of the Internet on Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2006 at 10 a.m.

[senate.gov ]

The members of this committee are:
Stevens, Ted (AK) , Chairman
McCain, John (AZ)
Burns, Conrad (MT)
Lott, Trent (MS)
Hutchison, Kay (TX)
Snowe, Olympia (ME)
Smith, Gordon (OR)
Ensign, John (NV)
Allen, George (VA)
Sununu, John (NH)
DeMint, James (SC)
Vitter, David (LA)
Inouye, Daniel (HI), Ranking Member
Rockefeller, Jay (WV)
Kerry, John (MA)
Dorgan, Byron (ND)
Boxer, Barbara (CA)
Nelson, Bill (FL)
Cantwell, Maria (WA)
Lautenberg, Frank (NJ)
Nelson, E. (NE)
Pryor, Mark (AR)

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In terms of how to act on the above informaiton...

It would be very helpful for us to know whether ICANN is still entertaining the possibility of granting unlimited price setting power to TLD-monopoly registries before this hearing happens. If the Board were to clearly state that contracts that allow such unlimited price setting power are out of the question, then we could be much more upbeat in our comments and actions. I would love to switch from a "activist" role to a "work together" role.

However, trust has been eroded by the manner in which these consumer-unfriendly contracts have been negotiated (although not Board approved) by ICANN staff. They would have slipped through under the radar screen if it were not for whistleblower and consumer advocate George K.

There has been no clear statement from the ICANN Board that granting unlimited or differential pricing power to TLD-monopoly registries is unacceptable. What we do hear is that there are ongoing negotiations between ICANN staff and the registries. We do not know much about these negotiations. Uncertainty persists. So... we have to do what we have to do. Too much is at stake.

The ICANN Board could reverse this if they take charge and reverse this unfortunate progression of events before it snowballs further. The Board of a not-for-profit organization has the ultimate legal authority and responsibility for its governance.

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Meanwhile, also, there is a "petition against the proposed .biz/.info/.org registry contracts" at BadForBusiness.org.

[edited by: DomeBase at 1:03 am (utc) on Sep. 13, 2006]

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