Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Fri Dec 8 03:10:46 UTC 2017

William, you are free to believe whatever you 
wish. But that does not change what is written in ICANN's Bylaws. I quote:

Section 1.1. MISSION

(a) The mission of the Internet Corporation for 
Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is to ensure 
the stable and secure operation of the Internet's 
unique identifier systems as described in this 
Section 1.1(a) (the "Mission"). Specifically, ICANN:

     (i) Coordinates the allocation and 
assignment of names in the root zone of the 
Domain Name System ("DNS") and coordinates the 
development and implementation of policies 
concerning the registration of second-level 
domain names in generic top-level domains 
("gTLDs"). In this role, ICANN's scope is to 
coordinate the development and implementation of policies:

         For which uniform or coordinated 
resolution is reasonably necessary to facilitate 
the openness, interoperability, resilience, 
security and/or stability of the DNS including, 
with respect to gTLD registrars and registries, 
policies in the areas described in Annex G-1 and Annex G-2; and
         That are developed through a bottom-up 
consensus-based multistakeholder process and 
designed to ensure the stable and secure 
operation of the Internet's unique names systems.

     The issues, policies, procedures, and 
principles addressed in Annex G-1 and Annex G-2 
with respect to gTLD registrars and registries 
shall be deemed to be within ICANN's Mission.

     (ii) Facilitates the coordination of the 
operation and evolution of the DNS root name server system.

     (iii) Coordinates the allocation and 
assignment at the top-most level of Internet 
Protocol numbers and Autonomous System numbers. 
In service of its Mission, ICANN (A) provides 
registration services and open access for global 
number registries as requested by the Internet 
Engineering Task Force ("IETF") and the Regional 
Internet Registries ("RIRs") and (B) facilitates 
the development of global number registry 
policies by the affected community and other 
related tasks as agreed with the RIRs.

     (iv) Collaborates with other bodies as 
appropriate to provide registries needed for the 
functioning of the Internet as specified by 
Internet protocol standards development 
organizations. In service of its Mission, ICANN's 
scope is to provide registration services and 
open access for registries in the public domain 
requested by Internet protocol development organizations.

(b) ICANN shall not act outside its Mission.

(c) ICANN shall not regulate (i.e., impose rules 
and restrictions on) services that use the 
Internet's unique identifiers or the content that 
such services carry or provide, outside the 
express scope of Section 1.1(a). For the 
avoidance of doubt, ICANN does not hold any 
governmentally authorized regulatory authority.

"Secure and stable operation" *IS* one of the key 
phrases, but one cannot ignore that words that 
come after it - "of the Internet's unique 
identifier systems". We work within the overall 
Internet Governance System that includes national 
laws and regulations. But we have responsibility 
for only a small and very specific part of that.

Many of us passionately care about how well the 
Internet functions and how accessible it is to 
our own communities and those of our colleagues 
around the world. Despite you insinuations that 
we may be taking certain positions for personal 
or corporate financial gain, many of us have 
spent DECADES helping to further the goal of 
good, widely available, reliable and secure 
Internet access and have done this with no hope 
or desire to personally gain from our efforts.

Alan Greenberg

At 07/12/2017 06:39 PM, William Michael Cunningham wrote:

>Even if I believed this incorporated the 
>totality of the ICANN mission, which I do not, 
>"stable and secure" is the operative phrase. 
>Removing nn at the FCC is a destabilizing policy 
>change, in much the same way that removing glass 
>steagal was destabilizing to the financial marketplace.
>On Dec 7, 2017 6:32 PM, "Carlton Samuels" 
><<mailto:carlton.samuels at gmail.com>carlton.samuels at gmail.com> wrote:
>Just seeing this.  ICANN's remit is coordinating 
>the Internet's unique identifiers in furtherance 
>of a stable and secure domain name system.
>While interesting and even mildly entertaining, 
>the FCC's NN malarkey is decidedly outside the ICANN remit.
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>On Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 2:07 PM, William Michael 
><<mailto:williamcunningham840 at gmail.com>williamcunningham840 at gmail.com> 
>A reading of the FCC Net Neutrality order 
>clearly reveals how impactful this order will be 
>on ICANN's stated mission and goals. A focus on 
>technical aspects of  the operation of the 
>Internet's identifiers is incorrect. Such a 
>focus is simply too narrow, driven and suggested 
>by a small group of mainly non-minority 
>individuals who appear to support the financial 
>interests of their group, and their group alone. 
>This entirely monetary focus is contrary to 
>ICANN's desire to facilitate discussion by all 
>internet users in matters of national internet policy development.
>Here are some other factors:
>"Security and Stability"
>"Diversity - income, gender race."
>"Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer 
>Choice" Clearly, the order will impact each of 
>these areas separately and jointly.
>I suggest a formal process for obtaining 
>opinions from the At-large group about 
>perspective on the proposed FCC policy, not 
>short circuiting discussion by listening to the 
>opinions of a small group of insiders.
>In other words, why don't we ask people what 
>they think, instead of telling them that the FCC policy is irrelevant?
>On Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 10:08 PM, William Michael 
><<mailto:williamcunningham840 at gmail.com>williamcunningham840 at gmail.com> 
>Clearly, you have not looked at this or the 
>previous order and I have no interest in doing 
>it for you. I'd also suggest you look at the 
>video of the prior net neutrality hearing under 
>the previous Chair. Since I was at that meeting, 
>I can confirm that your concerns were noted quite indelibly.
>On Dec 4, 2017 10:01 PM, "John R. Levine" 
><<mailto:johnl at iecc.com>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.
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