Report on March 31 Bylaw Changes
Posted April 9, 1999
At a special meeting conducted via telephone on March 31, 1999, at 2:00
pm U.S. East Coast time, the Initial Board of Directors of the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers unanimously adopted bylaw changes
designed to establish the basic framework for the creation of the three
Supporting Organizations called for in the Bylaws (including specific provisions
establishing a Domain Name Supporting Organization), based in large part
on the DNSO Formation
Concepts statement adopted by the ICANN Board of Directors on March
4, 1999. The changes adopted included several modifications from
the draft changes posted in advance of the meeting at http://www.icann.org/dnso/dnsobylaws1.html,
in response to public comment received on that draft.
The revised bylaws are now posted, along
with "red-lined" versions of the new Supporting
Organization provisions and of the technical
amendments adopted to conform the rest of the Bylaws to those changes.
Minutes of the March 31 meeting, describing in more detail the specific
changes, rationales, and responses to comment received, will be posted
no later than Friday, April 16.
Highlights of Bylaw Changes:
Article VI was replaced with a revised
article establishing the framwork for establishment of Supporting Organizations.
and -C were added to establish the specifics
of the initial Supporting Organizations. (For now, VI-A and VI-C
are reserved until the Protocal Supporting Organization and Address Supporting
Organization are established. The structure of the Domain Name Supporting
Organization is set forth in Article VI-B.)
In response to public comment, several modifications of the draft versions
of Articles VI and VI-B were adopted, including the following:
Along with many clarifications and editorial changes, the Board removed
the specific requirement that no two Directors selected by any Supporting
Organization be citizens of any one Geographic Region. Multiple commenters
raised objections to this provision; more importantly, the Board expects
to deal comprehensively with the issue of geographic representation in
conjunction with the future adoption of an At Large Membership structure.
A quorum requirement was added for the Names Council.
Clarification of the DNSO's responsibility for funding its administrative
and operational costs was added.
The ability of any group to petition the Board for recognition as a new
or separate DNSO Constituency, without prior ICANN staff approval, was
Several changes to other provisions of the Bylaws (specifically, Article
VI, Section VI; Article V, Section 1; Article V, Section 2; Article V,
Section 4; Article V, Section 6; Article V, Section 9; Article V, Section
10; Article V, Section 11; Article V, Section 12; and Article V, Section
13) were adopted to make the provisions consistent with the new Article
Further Comment Requested:
In order to more fully explore an issue raised by one comment
submitted in reaction to the draft ICANN Bylaw changes the ICANN Board
seeks further comment on the following question:
Should the initial DNSO Constituencies currently identified as "ccTLD
registries" and "gTLD registries" be re-categorized as "open registries"
and "closed registries," identified according to whether the registry is
open to any registrant, worldwide ("open"), or is instead limited to certain
registrants based on geography, intended use, or other criteria ("closed")?
Please submit comments to email@example.com.