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[registrars] FW: .US WHOIS POLICY

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Folks - some important "corrections" from Neulevel re: my earlier concerns regarding dotUS.
I actually just got off the phone with Jeff and have a much better understanding of how things work as well as what the relationship between the policy council and Neulevel. I was surprised to learn that the policy council is largely an autonomous group that forwards recommendations to Neulevel for analysis...it would only be then that Neulevel's partners and customers are brought into the discussion. Of course, I also took the opportunity to provide my view of the recommendations to Jeff - I would urge all of you to do the same.
Also note that the representative from Bulk Registrar can also present your commments directly to the council and should probably be kept in the loop with any concerns/comments that you have regarding their recommendations.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Neuman, Jeff [mailto:Jeff.Neuman@neustar.us]
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2003 3:24 PM
To: 'ross@tucows.com'
Cc: 'michael@palage.com'; 'wessorh@ar.com'

Can I ask you to post this to the Registrars list.  Hopefully it will answer some of your concerns.
1)  The US Policy Council is an independent body and with the exception of having one member serve as a voting member on the council (and another as a technical advisor), it is not a part of NeuStar.  NeuStar does not control any actions of the Policy Council. 
2)  The US Policy Council decided to forward the policy to NeuStar for its comments.  That's all that the vote means.  NeuStar will provide its comments to the Policy Council who then, depending on our comments, may revise the policy.  If the .us Policy Council wishes to move forward, it will then place the policy open for public comment for a period of approximately 30 days.  When the policy is out for public comment, NeuStar would like to hear from anyone and everyone about the Policy (good, bad, indifferent, etc.). 
Speaking on behalf of NeuStar, you can bet the we are interested in hearing from our customers as well as the general public.  After the public comment period, the US Policy Council will read the comments and decide whether or not changes are warranted.  After being considered by the Council, the Policy will then again be floated by NeuStar, and if accepted, will go to the Department of Commerce.
3)  As you can see, the Policy is far from being final and there are still a lot of issues to be worked.  NeuStar would like to hear from you about this policy (through the public forum and through other means) at any time (and certainly during the public comment period).
4)  The Registrar rep. on the Council is Bulk Register and they are there to represent the Registrar point of view.  That being said, any Registrar may comment on the policy through the forum (http://lists.neustar.biz/mailman/listinfo.cgi/policy-forum) at any time.  I urge all of you to join the forum and please help us to make policy that will benefit us all. 
I hope that helps. 
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Jeffrey J. Neuman, Esq.
Director, Law & Policy
NeuStar, Inc.
Loudoun Tech Center
46000 Center Oak Plaza
Building X
Sterling, VA 20166
p: (571) 434-5772
f:  (571) 434-5735
e-mail: Jeff.Neuman@Neustar.us

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