[council] ICANN Releases Its Submission to the Midterm Review of the Joint Project Agreement
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ICANN Releases Its Submission to the Midterm Review of the Joint Project
ICANN Board believes that JPA Responsibilities are being met
9 January 2008
MARINA DEL REY, Calif.: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers today made its formal submission to the Midterm Review of the
Joint Project Agreement (JPA) between ICANN and the United States
Department of Commerce.
The submission’s main point is that the conclusion of the JPA would be a
further step in the transition envisioned since ICANN was established —
one of moving the Domain Name System to private-sector co-ordination.
"Ending the JPA will provide long-term stability and security for a
model that works," stated Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush in the ICANN
Board submission. "It will provide confidence to all participants that
the investment of time, thought and energy for over nine years has
secured an Internet coordination body that will always be owned by all
stakeholders, not managed or overseen by any one entity."
The U.S. Government has been committed to the transition of the DNS to
the private sector since 1998. Over this time there have been seven
Memorandums of Understanding between ICANN and the USG, and 13 status
reports measuring ICANN’s progress.
The submission also states that the completion of the JPA will clearly
signal that JPA and the MOUs before it have been successful.
"This success should be commemorated," Dengate Thrush stated in the
ICANN’s Board is encouraging the Internet Community to take part in the
Midterm Review before the 15 February 2008 deadline for submissions.
If you continue to believe, in full transition of the domain name system
to the private sector, and in an Internet that is co-ordinated not
controlled, now is the time to say so and be a part of the next step in
ICANN’s entire submission to the Midterm Review [PDF,101K] including a
table outlining the organization’s achievements on the 10
responsibilities of the JPA [PDF, 469K], is publicly available at
A link to the Department of Commerce’s Midterm Review is available
Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat - ICANN