[ga] ICANN Board Member Blasts VeriSign Decision - Update
ICANN Board Member Blasts VeriSign Decision - Update
By David McGuire, Newsbytes
WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A.,
02 Apr 2001, 7:09 PM CST
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) violated its own
bylaws and shortchanged the Internet community by approving a contract that
could give VeriSign Inc. near permanent control over the ".com" addressing
space, an ICANN board member said today.
One of only three ICANN board members to vote against approving the
controversial contract, Cisco Systems Engineer Karl Auerbach said that the US
Government would be justified in stepping in to nullify the deal.
"This was not a win for the Internet community. This was a win for some business
interests, VeriSign in particular," Auerbach said. "The Department of Commerce
has a responsibility to the citizens of the United States who have been left out
of the benefits of this contract."
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