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Comments to ICANN on Government Advisory Committee Beijing Communique

Comments to ICANN on Government Advisory Committee Beijing Communique

The GAC’s recommendations raise complex issues of ICANN’s mission and governance and how they relate to the laws of the jurisdictions in which the registries operate. Without getting into the details of the specific recommendations, the expansion of ICANN’s role implicit in the GAC’s recommendations is inconsistent with ICANN’s policy of opening entry into the domain space. Opening entry into the domain name space is intended to bring the benefits of competition and greater innovation to the market for TLDs. A major benefit of a competitive market is that there is generally no need for regulation of product attributes, as the GAC is proposing. Indeed, regulation of such a market will be counterproductive to the interests of consumers.

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