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Congressmen to ICANN: Full stop.
Two members of Congress have sent a letter yesterday to a Department of Commerce official
requesting that ICANN's approval process for new top-level domains come to an immediate halt.
Edward Markey (D-MA) and Lois Capps (D-CA) requested that NTIA administrator Gregory K. Rhode derail the
process that has been expected to culminate in an announcement tomorrow of a handful of
new global TLDs. The Congressmen cited the danger that ICANN's choices may further
the de-facto monopoly of established players in the domain-name registry business.
For example, they called out the possibility that ICANN may favor an NSI-backed
proposal to offer a .WEB TLD over that of Image Online Design, a company that has
in fact been operating a .WEB registry for more than 4 years.
I could not find a link to the Markey/Capps letter on either of the Congressmen's Web pages
(but I am looking at a photocopy of it at this moment).
I spoke to a Washington insider, who said (my paraphrase):
Nothing will come of this letter. If it had been signed by two Senators in addition
to two Congressmen, maybe. Markey is important but he's not in the majority party.
The Administration is all in favor of getting new TLDs quickly. Maybe the Commerce
guy will respond with a letter in 3 weeks, but ICANN is going to go on with its
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