International Domain Names Meeting Press Release

Future of Internet Domain Names Organization Debated in Washington

January 22, 1999

For More Information Contact:
Bob Cohen
(703) 284-5333
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Tinabeth Burton
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Washington, DC -- Jon Englund, Senior Vice President of The Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), declared today's meeting on domain names an important step forward in the formation of the Domain Names Supporting Organization (DNSO) of the Internet Corporation on Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ITAA hosted the meeting as the U.S. representative of the World Information Technology Services Alliance (WITSA), one of the nine groups organizing today's conference, which was open to the public.

"Today's meeting has been a wonderful experience in Internet democracy - this open forum was an effort to share ideas on the existing proposals and attempt to identify areas of agreement in the formation of the domain names supporting organization," Englund said. "We are significantly ahead of where we were yesterday. The group agreed that the similarities in the various proposals are much more pervasive than the differences, and I believe we really moved the ball down the field."

"Some consensus among the participants was reached on some of the key functions of the DNSO, including its role as a body with the ability to make policy recommendations to the ICANN Board, membership composition from a broad geographical range, overall funding structure, and the need for all Internet stakeholders to have a voice in the process," Englund added. "An open dialogue will continue to narrow these differences further prior to the February 5th deadline set by the ICANN Board for the submission of proposals."

The temporary ICANN Board, which was represented today by Interim Chair Esther Dyson, will meet to address the various DNSO proposals on March 4th.

Today's meeting was convened by nine organizations: the Commercial Internet Exchange (CIX), Council of European National top level domain Registrars (CENTR), European ISP Association (EUROISPA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Trademark Association (INTA), Internet Council of Registrars (CORE), Network Solutions, Inc. (NSI), Policy Oversight Committee (POC), and the World Information Technology Services Alliance (WITSA) of which ITAA is a member. For more information on the convening organizations, see the virtual press kit at http://www.witsa.org/press/domain.htm.

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