[CWG-Stewardship] Fwd: [CCWG-ACCT] FW: Bipartisan Amendment to DOTCOM Act

Greg Shatan gregshatanipc at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 16:45:26 UTC 2015


I thought this would be of interest to the CWG as well.


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From: Paul Rosenzweig <paul.rosenzweig at redbranchconsulting.com>
Date: Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 9:16 AM
Subject: [CCWG-ACCT] FW: Bipartisan Amendment to DOTCOM Act
To: Accountability Cross Community <accountability-cross-community at icann.org


Below is a brief notice, and attached is a copy of a bill that will be
considered in Congress tomorrow relating to the IANA transition.  Unlike
other bills floating in Congress, this one has the support of the Chairman
and Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  In other
words, it has support of both Democrats and  Republicans and, implicitly,
is likely something the Administration would accept.  Thus, though one can
never be sure in these matters, I assess it as reasonably likely that this
bill will become law.

On the merits, my own sense is that many in the community will welcome the
provisions of this bill.  First, and foremost, it puts Congress on record
in favor of the overall  goal of having the transition happen, thus laying
to rest concerns that some in Congress might seek to short-circuit the
process.  In more detail (and you can read the short text for yourself, in
the attached PDF), the bill provides:

1. There will be 30 legislative days (i.e. working week days) after
notification to Congress prior to the transfer going into effect. This will
allow Congress to review the terms of the transfer.  To stop it, however,
would require a separate bill enacted into law.

2. It requires NTIA to certify that the proposed transition meets the five
criteria set by the NTIA at the start of the process.  This seems a very
modest requirement, since if our proposal did not meet that set of
requirements, NTIA would not approve it in the first instance.

3. It also requires NTIA to certify that ICANN has approved and implemented
all required bylaw changes contained in the final report of the CCWG and
the CWG before the transition occurs, i.e. ICANN has to follow through and
complete the bylaw revision process before the formal termination of the



Paul Rosenzweig

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*Subject:* Bipartisan Amendment to DOTCOM Act


Attached please find a copy of the Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute
that Chairman Walden, Ranking Member Pallone, and Mr. Shimkus have agreed
to.  As we mentioned on calls to many of you, we think this amendment
represents a responsible path forward the respects the multistakeholder
process without abrogating our Committee's oversight of NTIA.

Very shortly, we will be noticing a subcommittee markup for this Wednesday,
where we expect the subcommittee will favorably report H.R. 805 to the
Committee with bipartisan support.

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