Letter from Accredited Registrars to U.S. Department of Commerce
(19 August 2002)

August 19, 2002

Nancy Victory
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4898,
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20230

Dear Ms. Victory:

We, the undersigned ICANN accredited registrars, are writing to express our continuing support for the ongoing efforts of the ICANN Evolution and Reform Committee (ERC). While we understand the frustrations of certain members of the Internet community in connection with the overall ICANN process to date, we believe that ICANN remains the most viable solution to ensure the ongoing stability of the Internet's naming and addressing systems.

In the three and half years since its inception, ICANN has taken on the Herculean task of trying to fulfill the numerous objectives as originally set forth in the White Paper. Although like minds may differ on the success of ICANN in connection with these objectives, the following facts are irrefutable. Little more than three years ago there was one monopoly gTLD registry/registrar provider. Today there are well over 100 operational registrars and seven new TLD registries.

As the domain name market place continues to mature, we strongly believe that market forces and governmental authorities will be the principal guiding forces. We believe that somewhere within those guiding forces there exists, and will continue to exist, a significant role for ICANN that has been recognized by the Department of Commerce. Although there are issues that still need to be addressed within the Blueprint document, upon which the undersigned will continue to attempt to provide constructive feedback, we believe that these issues can be solved in a mutually agreeable manner between ICANN and registries/registrars within the context of their existing contractual relationships.

We encourage you to continue to support the efforts underway to
constructively reform ICANN and provide it with the necessary staff and
resources to ensure that competition and stability continue to exist at the registrar and registry levels for the benefit of all Internet users.


Michael D. Palage

ICANN Accredited Registrar Signatories

007Names (US)
123 Easy Domain Names, Inc. dba Signature Domains (US)
123 Registration, Inc. (US)
ActiveISP (Norway)
Address Creation (US)
Adgrafix (US)
America Online (US)
Ascio Technologies, Inc. (Denmark)
A Technology Company dba namesystem.com (Canada)
BookMyName SAS (France)
BulkRegistrar (US)
CasDNS, Inc. (US)
Corporate Domains (US)
DirectI (India)
Domain-It! (US)
Domaininfo (Sweden)
DomainBank (US)
DomainPro (US)
Domain Registration Services, Inc. dba dotEarth.com (US)
DomainRegistry.com Inc. (US)
eMarkMonitor (US)
EnCirca, Inc. (US)
eNom (US)
EPAG Enter-Price Multimedia AG (Germany)
France Telecom Transpac (France)
Galcomm (Israel)
Global Media Online Inc. d/b/a Discount-Domain.com and Onamae.com (Japan)
GoDaddy (US)
IARegistry (US)
InterAccess (US)
Intercosmos dba DirectNIC (US)
Internetters Limited (UK)
ItsYourDomain.com (US)
Melbourne IT (Australia)
NameBay (Monaco)
NameScout (Barbados)
NetBenefit (UK)
NetNation/DomainPeople (Canada)
Parava Networks (US)
PSI-Japan (Japan)
R & K Global Business Services d/b/a/ 000Domains.com (US)
Register.com (US)
Register.it (Italy)
Schlund+Partner AG (Germany)
SiteName.com (Israel)
Stargate Communications, Inc. (US)
TotalRegistrations (UK)
TUCOWS (Canada)
YesNic (Korea)

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