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Tired of Waiting for the 'New Domains'? Blame ICANN

Are we getting dealt a fair hand by Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers in regards to new top-level domains that can compete with NSI's dot com? Not according to Internet analyst Milton Mueller, who says ICANN's creation and the ensuing internet domain name war has delayed the introduction of the new top-level domains.

In an article just published in info, the journal of policy, regulation and strategy for telecommunications, information and media, Mueller gives his own independent assessment of the first year of existence for ICANN.

Mueller is concerned with the policy of private sector "self-regulation" of internet names and numbers. He believes that self-regulation was not actually a coherent policy, but merely a rhetorical device used by the Internet Society "in a power struggle with Network Solutions Inc. (NSOL) to legitimate and preserve its own control."

ICANN isn't the only group to hold the blame. Mueller is also critical of the US government's role in allowing the Internet Society to install ICANN's initial board. In essence, Mueller states, the U.S. government "undermined ICANN's capacity for consensus building."

ICANN itself fell under a bit of government regulation when the US Commerce Department decided to retain "policy authority" over the DNS root indefinitely and imposed utility-style regulation upon Network Solutions' wholesale prices.

The article by Mueller, titled ICANN and internet governance: sorting through the debris of 'self-regulation', is published in info, Vol 1, No 6. For a copy of the article, or additional information, contact Colin Blackman.