Ms. Fiona M. Alexander
Office of International Affairs,
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
Comment in response to the notice of inquiry "Assessment of the Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet's Domain Name and Addressing System" [Docket No. 090420688-9689-01]
8 June 2009
Thank you for providing us with the opportunity to submit our comment on a very important issue for the Internet. As a member of the Internet Community, we have long been supporting the concept of private sector approach for the technical coordination and management of the Internet DNS. In a word, we understand ICANN as the only competent entity, at the moment, to fulfill this role, hence we sincerely hope that the US government will eventually transit the role to ICANN upon its full corporate maturity. In the following, we explain some of our thought backing this idea, instead of responding to individual questions posed in the docket.
- (a) Stability, competition, private sector bottom-up coordination and representation of all Internet stakeholders with their diverse interests are vital principles for the development of the Internet.
- (b) Evolution of the Internet heavily depends on the single authoritative root DNS zone maintained so far by private sector initiative. ICANN has been playing key role in assuring uniqueness of the root zone since its foundation.
- (c) Relation between ICANN and root server operators caused no problem on management of the root zone since its foundation.
- (d) ICANN has a mechanism to facilitate dialogue with governments.
These are some of our thinkings, and we hope that the US government will take these points into account in making decision about the JPA.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Japan Network Information Center(JPNIC)