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

Joly MacFie joly at punkcast.com
Thu Dec 15 21:14:25 UTC 2011

Hi Olivier,

I have blogged the final version of the letter at

I have also made a short url for the letter itself - it is

You may recall that at the NARALO showcase in San Francisco I spoke out
about the inaccessibility of the organization to potential recruits - in
terms of a simple landing page where folks could sign up, or respond on
issues. That situation is unresolved.


On Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com>wrote:

> 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,
> Olivier
> 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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