Subject: [ALSC-Forum] An Inclusive Providers SO?
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 09:55:59 -0700
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Letters recently sent to the Names Council and the General Assembly by both
the Morgan Hill Software Company and by new.net ostensibly argue that ICANN
remains in violation of the inclusiveness requirements as noted in the DOC
The MoU establishes as a goal the development of "appropriate membership
mechanisms that foster accountability to and representation of the global and
functional diversity of the Internet and its users, within the structure of
private-sector DNS management organization."
Both of these organizations maintain that they are being denied participation
in the DNSO Registry constituency and in the DNSO Business constituency.
They seek a means of representation that would allow them the prospect of
participating in the election of an ICANN Board Director. Short of creating
a new DNSO constituency, at the moment these businesses have limited options
for meaningful participation in the ICANN process -- they may only contribute
by way of comments tendered to the General Assembly (which invariably, like
their recent comments, continue to be ignored by the bulk of the other
special interest groups in the Names Council of the DNSO).
If the ALSC chooses to advance a structural reorganization of ICANN that
would allow for the creation of a Providers Supporting Organization, will
this new SO deny participation to current and potential providers that have
not yet been accredited by ICANN (like the many stakeholders that have paid
their $50,000 gTLD application fee), or will it be allowed to become an
inclusive SO in the spirit of the DOC MoU?