Marina Del Rey, California – (The Hosting News) – March 2, 2006 – The
Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved a set of agreements which purport to settle a lengthy dispute between ICANN and VeriSign, the current registry operator for the .COM registry.
According to ICANN, it’s
Board of Directors approved, by a majority vote, the set of agreements on February 28, 2006. The settlement documents include a new registry agreement relating to
the operation of the .COM registry. The new .COM registry agreement will now
proceed to the U.S. Department of Commerce for final approval, and the entire
settlement is dependent upon this approval before it is finalized.
approval is required due to the unique history of the .COM generic top-level
domain and it is the only gTLD, which requires such approval. If approved,
this settlement will clear the way for a new and productive relationship
between ICANN and VeriSign facilitating ICANN’s stewardship and technical
coordination of the Internet’s domain name system.
ICANN’s Board voted 9 to 5 in favor of the settlement agreements with one
director abstaining. Affirmative votes were cast by the following Board
Members: Vint Cert (Chairman), Alejandro Pisanty (Vice-Chairman), Mouhamet
Diop, Demi Getschko, Hagen Hultzsch, Veni Markovski, Vanda Scartezini, Paul
Twomey (President and CEO), and Hualin Qian. Directors who voted against the
approval of the settlement documents were: Raimundo Beca, Susan Crawford,
Joichi Ito, Njeri Rionge, and Peter Dengate Thrush. Director Michael Palage
Statements explaining the positions of the Board members relative to their votes will be posted on the
ICANN website within the next two days.
In other business during the meeting, the ICANN Board approved seven
separate recommendations by ICANN’s ccNSO (Country-Code Name Supporting
Organization) regarding improvements and clarifications to the ICANN Bylaws.
One recommendation was put over for additional discussion with the ccNSO at
ICANN’s upcoming meeting in Wellington, New Zealand scheduled for the last
week of March.
These policy recommendations were presented to the ICANN Board
from the first policy development process (ccPDP) conducted by the ccNSO. This successful policy development process generated from the ccTLD community was a significant milestone for ICANN’s technical coordination of the Internet’s domain name system.
To learn more, please visit the ICANN web site at: www.icann.org.