William Michael Cunningham williamcunningham840 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 7 02:58:54 UTC 2017

This, really, is the question.

The answer is so clear that attempts to deny the relevance of this policy
MUST give rise to questions about interest and compromise. I suppose one
should question the more aggressive discussants about their financial
position relative to any benefit that might accrue to them, their clients
or their employers from higher internet access fees and lower internet
access and reliability for the majority of the poor and people of color in
the geographic regions affected. Or, it may simply be a cultural issue. If
your income is higher than the income for the average human being living on
earth today, you might be in a privileged (compromised ) position
financially, and thus unable to fully understand the impact this proposed
policy will have. (Note that I fall into that category. My experience and
perspective simply gives me an awareness that others, apparently, lack.)

Calls for "proof" are an old trick, since there is no proof that would
suffice for those requesting it. The request for proof is itself
irrelevant, since the question does not concern what policy stance ICANN
should take relative to NN, but, rather, a rational recognition that,
according to the stated goals of the organization, this FCC policy WILL
have an impact. The honest thing to do is to describe and prepare for that
impact is it relates to the broader social (access, diversity, income)
goals of the organization, not to retreat behind a narrow interpretation of
the duties and obligations of this organization.

On Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 7:53 PM, Sivasubramanian M <isolatedn at gmail.com>

> John,
> Are you saying that it is none of ICANN's concern what happens to the
> Internet?
> Sivasubramanian M
> On Dec 5, 2017 8:31 AM, "John R. Levine" <johnl at iecc.com> wrote:
> Interesting. Suggest you look again.
> Thanks for confirming that we have both looked at each of the 125
> paragraphs of the FCC's recent order, as well as Appendices A and B, and
> the statements of the various commissioners and we agree that there is
> nothing affecting the operation of the Internet's identfiers that would be
> relevant to ICANN.
> R's,
> John
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