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PSINet Makes Contribution to ICANN

PSINet Inc. Thursday announced its support of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and made a $10,000 contribution to the ICANN Startup Fund.

The corporation assigns the numbers behind the dot-separated names identifying people, computers, and organizations throughout the Internet.

ICANN is the new non-profit corporation that was formed to take over responsibility for the IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management, and root server system management functions currently performed by IANA and other entities.

PSINet's initial contribution to the ICANN Startup Fund is intended to help support the work of ICANN in its initial phase, until operating procedures and structure can be fully defined and accepted.

"By contributing to the ICANN Startup Fund, we hope to further the good work they have begun and to encourage continued progress in a productive direction," said PSINet Chairman, CEO, and Founder William L. Schrader. "We look forward to a time when the processes and ongoing stewardship provided by ICANN will merit regular support from PSINet and its peers in the community."