August 22, 2002
Nancy J. Victory, Administrator
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20230
Dear Asst. Secretary Victory,
As you know, EDUCAUSE and Internet2 together represent the executive
leadership of networking and information technology in U.S. higher education.
Since our community has a very important stake in the stable operation
and future development of the Internet as a whole and the domain-name
system in particular, we would like to make our position clear on the
ongoing discussions of ICANN and its relationship to the U.S. Government.
- Higher Education continues to strongly support the private sector
approach to Internet/DNS technical coordination and believes ICANN,
through community based policy development, is the best means to accomplish
the necessary work to maintain stability and promote continued innovation.
- Higher Education supports the current ICANN process of self-assessment
and improvement in internal processes and procedures and encourages
NTIA to extend the Memorandum of Understanding in a manner consistent
with the recently adopted ICANN Blueprint for Evolution and Reform.
- Higher Education believes that, for security and other reasons, faster
progress should be made toward implementation of the planned root server
architecture improvements and that NTIA should assign greater priority
to this work in its revisions to the Memorandum of Understanding.
- Higher Education believes that ICANN has an important and irreplaceable
role in ensuring fair and open competition in the worldwide registration
and administration of domain names and believes that NTIA should continue
to strongly support ICANN's registry/registrar contract-monitoring and
|Brian Hawkins, President
|Douglas VanHouweling, President and CEO
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