[discuss] American For-Profit at the Heart of Internet

Seun Ojedeji seun.ojedeji at gmail.com
Mon Mar 24 09:04:51 UTC 2014

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kindly excuse brevity and typos.
On 24 Mar 2014 12:44, "Pranesh Prakash" <pranesh at cis-india.org> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I'm curious about the scope of NTIA's instructions to ICANN to come up
with a transition proposal.
>> As the first step, NTIA is asking the Internet Corporation for Assigned
Names and Numbers (ICANN) to convene global stakeholders to develop a
proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA in the coordination
of the Internet's domain name system (DNS).
> A transition from NTIA's cooperative agreement with Verisign could mean
two things:
>  1. Verisign's counterpart in that agreement gets replaced.
>  2. Verisign gets replaced as the root zone maintainer.
Hmm...I am unclear why either of this options will happen. ( ref:NTIA
NCR-92-18742  Amendment Number Twenty-Four (24 )). If for instance the
transition remains within ICANN structure then I think things may still
look pretty much the same. With just a few adjustment in process without
necessarily affecting the existing maintainers.

> I'm unclear why Verisign, an American for-profit subject to the whims of
ill-informed US lawmakers, should continue to hold on to its monopoly as
the root zone maintainer.
> But I'm also unclear whether (2) is within the scope of NTIA's
> The root zone operators with their place of incorporation and for-profit
>     Verisign (USA) (for profit)
>     USC-ISI (USA) (non-profit)
>     Cogent (USA) (for profit)
>     UMD (USA) (non-profit)
>     NASA-ARC (USA) (govt)
>     ISC (USA) (non-profit)
>     DOD-NIC (USA) (govt)
>     ARL (USA) (govt)
>     Netnod (Sweden) (non-profit)
>     RIPE NCC (The Netherlands / Europe) (non-profit)
>     ICANN (USA) (non-profit)
>     WIDE (Japan) (non-profit)
> Regards,
> Pranesh
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> Pranesh Prakash
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