DOJ to Cruz: .Com Price Freeze can be Extended to 2024

Philip Corwin Congress, ICANN, Law & Policy, NTIA

On August 31st the Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a response to the August 12th letter from Senator Ted Cruz and some Congressional colleagues to the head of the Antitrust Division. In that letter Cruz et al asserted that if the pending extension of the .Com registry Agreement (RA) was granted in combination with the consummation of the IANA transition, …

The TPP and the DNS

Philip Corwin Congress, Domain Law, Law & Policy

On November 5, 2015 the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released the official text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). That text consists of 30 separate Chapters totaling more than 2,000 pages, and is accompanied by four additional Annexes and dozens of Related Instruments. Only those who negotiated it are likely to have a detailed understanding of all its …

Breaking: U.S. Government Funding Bill Delays IANA Transition

Philip Corwin Congress, IANA, ICANN, NTIA

On the evening of Tuesday, September 9th, Congressional leaders unveiled a 1,603 page, $1.01 trillion FY 2015 appropriations bill to fund the U.S. government through the end of September 2015. One provision of the omnibus bill would delay the IANA transition until after the September 30, 2015 expiration of the current contract between the NTIA and ICANN. Language in the …

DC Constituencies Start to Coalesce on Principles for the IANA Transition and Enhanced ICANN Accountability

Philip Corwin Congress, ICANN, NTIA

  It is now being broadly acknowledged that, as expressed unanimously by all GNSO constituencies at the recent ICANN London meeting, “as part of the IANA transition, the multi-stakeholder community has the opportunity and responsibility to propose meaningful accountability structures that go beyond just the IANA-specific accountability issues”. In a July 22nd Keynote Address at the American Enterprise Institute, NTIA …

Senate Appropriators Add IANA Transition Language as House Requests GAO Study and Civil Society Groups Oppose Shimkus Amendment

Philip Corwin Congress, IANA, ICANN, Law & Policy, NTIA

The Senate Appropriations Committee just reported out on June 5th its version of the Commerce-Justice-State Departments Appropriations bill for FY 15. In the course of its deliberations it added a consensus amendment on the IANA transition offered by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE). The amendment reads:   1. Amendment proposed by Senator Johanns On page 24 of the report, in the …

Second House Amendment Ups the Stakes on IANA Transition

Philip Corwin Congress, IANA, ICANN, Law & Policy, NTIA

The House of Representatives has passed another measure related to the proposed IANA functions transition, and has again attached it to “must pass” legislation. This move ups the ante and may well be the final straw that compels the Senate Commerce Committee to hold its own oversight hearing on the IANA transition proposal. On May 30th the House adopted the …

DOTCOM Act Passes House as Rubio Leads Senate Call for IANA Oversight Hearings

Philip Corwin Congress, IANA, ICANN, Law & Policy, NTIA

The Shimkus Amendment to the $601 billion National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4435) passed the House of Representatives yesterday on a mostly partisan vote of 245 – 177. While all 228 Republicans present and voting supported the amendment only 17 Democrats voted “aye”, with 177 in opposition. Final passage on the entire bill was a bipartisan vote of 325-98. The …

House Committees Taking Aim at IANA Transition Proposal

Philip Corwin Congress, IANA, ICANN, Law & Policy, NTIA

In an unanticipated move a third Committee of the US House of Representatives has weighed in with concerns regarding the NTIA’s proposed transition of the US role as counterparty to ICANN’s IANA functions contract to one with the “global multistakeholder community”. On May 13th the House Armed Services Committee Report for HR 4435, the Defense Authorization bill, was released. It …