[council] U.S. principles on the Internet's Domain Name and Addressing System

Michael D. Palage michael at palage.com
Thu Jun 30 18:10:34 UTC 2005

Dear Council Members:

I though the following information provided to the ICANN Board by ICANN
staff would be of interest to you.

Best regards,

Michael D. Palage

Today Assistant Secretary Michael Gallagher made an announcement on the U.S.
principles on the Internet’s Domain Name and Addressing System, see

The Principles are:

“U.S. Principles on the Internet’s Domain Name and Addressing System

The United States Government intends to preserve the security and stability
of the Internet’s Domain Name and Addressing System (DNS).  Given the
Internet's importance to the world’s economy, it is essential that the
underlying DNS of the Internet remain stable and secure.  As such, the
United States is committed to taking no action that would have the potential
to adversely impact the effective and efficient operation of the DNS and
will therefore maintain its historic role in authorizing changes or
modifications to the authoritative root zone file.

Governments have legitimate interest in the management of their country code
top level domains (ccTLD).  The United States recognizes that governments
have legitimate public policy and sovereignty concerns with respect to the
management of their ccTLD.  As such, the United States is committed to
working with the international community to address these concerns, bearing
in mind the fundamental need to ensure stability and security of the
Internet’s DNS.

ICANN is the appropriate technical manager of the Internet DNS.  The United
States continues to support the ongoing work of ICANN as the technical
manager of the DNS and related technical operations and recognizes the
progress it has made to date.  The United States will continue to provide
oversight so that ICANN maintains its focus and meets its core technical

Dialogue related to Internet governance should continue in relevant multiple
fora.  Given the breadth of topics potentially encompassed under the rubric
of Internet governance there is no one venue to appropriately address the
subject in its entirety.  While the United States recognizes that the
current Internet system is working, we encourage an ongoing dialogue with
all stakeholders around the world in the various fora as a way to facilitate
discussion and to advance our shared interest in the ongoing robustness and
dynamism of the Internet.  In these fora, the United States will continue to
support market-based approaches and private sector leadership in Internet
development broadly.”

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