[NA-Discuss] Fwd: Re: Draft letter to House Energy & Commerce Committee

Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Wed Dec 14 17:00:37 UTC 2011

Dear all,

there has recently been discussion on the NARALO list, regarding
hearings taking place in the US, including a hearing by the Senate
Committee on Science, Energy & Transportation (held Dec 8) and a hearing
by the House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee (held on Dec
14th -- i.e. today).
Evan has kindly explained what these are and how they can accept
comments, with clear links to the hearings. His message is included below.

Please find enclosed, a draft of the first letter from Beau Brendler,
NARALO Chair and co-signed by me, Chair of the ALAC, to be sent to the
Senate Committee by closing of business day today. It will be sent via
two paths, to the Chair of the Committee, John D. (Jay) Rockefeller.

Since this draft letter is not a policy paper or ALAC Statement but
rather a letter to tell the Senate "you wish to see end user input in
ICANN, hey look, here we are", it does not require a formal vote, but it
will be archived in our ALAC correspondence.

We shall also submit a similar letter to Chair of the the House of
Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee, Congressman Fred Upton,
should this be required. I understand that Kurt Pritz will be one of the
witnesses providing testimony in the hearing, so we'll have to see what
gets addressed at the hearing and if a completion of information is
required, no doubt that Beau and I would be happy to oblige.

Kind regards,


On 13/12/2011 06:49, Evan Leibovitch wrote :
> An important point of clarification (brought to me by Amber Sterling
> of the NPOC earlier today) about the deadlines.
> There are two different hearings
>  1. Senate Committee on Science Energy and Transportation
>     <http://1.usa.gov/vzddPH> (held Dec 8)
>     After the verbal testimony was given, the public is able to send
>     comments to the Committee by EoB Dec 14
>  2. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee
>     <http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearings/hearingdetail.aspx?NewsID=9134>
>     (to be held Dec 14)
>     After the verbal testimony is given, the public will be able to
>     send comments (deadline will be announced at the meeting)
> So... the letter Olivier has drafted is in response to the Senate
> hearing (chair: John Rockefeller) and needs to be sent there before
> Wednesday EoB. The letter mentions Esther Dyson, who participated in
> the Senate hearing last week but will *not* be at the House hearing
> this Wednesday.
> We may choose to send another, similar  letter to the House committee
> after its testimony is heard. But the one Olivier drafted (the content
> of which I agree with) needs to go to Mr. Rockefeller and the Senate
> committee.
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