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Re: [ga] RIPE NCC response to the Lynn Roadmap

On Sat, 02 Mar 2002 11:22:38 -0800, "William S. Lovell"
<wsl@cerebalaw.com> wrote:

>I would heartily concur with this general concept, with one exception.
>Who needs ICANN? Why have a "middle man?" 

Indeed that is now the question.

>All of the ccTLDs
>are perfectly capable, through the NIC, of setting up a global system,
>now hopefully to include .eu, without having the imperial ICANN make
>up a bunch of rules without any global consultation, the ccTLDs don't
>like parts of it and refuse to pay ICANN any money, etc. I'm aware
>that there are contracts, but these die out eventually (one would hope),
>and during that time a truly international authoritative root server could
>be set up, together with all the other paraphenalia.

ICANN Management has effectively just declared war on the ccTLDs
saying they effectively wish to be able to force contracts and levy
binding fees on ccTLDs regardless of whether the ccTLDs agree or not.

Many ccTLDs have given hundreds of thousands to ICANN and the ICANN
process as signs of good will despite receiving almost nothing in
return.  This was with the intention that mutually acceptable
contracts could be negotiated but ICANN refuses to negotiate and
rejects the ccTLD versions out of hand rather than uses them as a
basis for negotiation.

I think it may be time for the ccTLDs to simply stop paying any money
to ICANN when ICANN is going to use that money to try and do them
over.  Probably to also stop turning up to meetings.

ccTLDs do not in my eyes needs a NZ$90 million a year body to do the
job Jon Postel used to do.  ICANN was primarily created due to the
need to create new gTLDs not to form some mini-UN over the ccTLDs.

In terms of the root zone, only three functions are really needed for
the ccTLDs:
1) Updating of root zone details after authentication
2) Notification of minimum technical standards for a TLD
3) A re-delegation procedure where the old manager loses the support
of the local internet community

This could all be done very easily by the ccTLDs acting as a peer

ICQ 29964527
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