The following letter was sent to the leadership of the United States Congress on behalf of the members of the Domain Name Association.

September 9, 2016
The Honorable Mitch McConnell
U.S. Senate Republican Majority Leader
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Harry Reid
U.S. Senate Democratic Minority Leader
522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Paul Ryan
U.S. Speaker of the House
1233 Longworth House H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
U.S. House Minority Leader
233 Cannon H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Reid, Speaker Ryan & Minority Leader Pelosi:
The Domain Name Association (“the DNA”) is a non-profit global business association that represents the interests of the domain name industry. Its members are groups, businesses, and individuals involved in the provision, support, and sale of Internet domain names. This includes such organizations as domain name registries, registrars, resellers, and registry service providers.
We write to you with a simple message: we strongly support the U.S. Administration’s planned transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to the global multi-stakeholder community under the stewardship of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). There is no industry more impacted by the work of ICANN than ours. Each of our companies rely on ICANN’s efficient management of the IANA functions and fair administration of the domain name system’s contractual regime. We believe the community-developed proposals will ensure the ability of our industry to thrive and we urge you to join us in supporting this necessary and overdue transition.
As an industry, we have sought to ensure that ICANN remains independent, free from capture from any entity or group; that governments may participate as stakeholders but may not assert undue authority; that permission-less innovation remains a prevailing force; and that ICANN becomes truly accountable to the global Internet community. Our members have devoted countless hours to the lengthy process preparing for this transition and we can state with confidence that the IANA transition plan meets our requirements on all counts.
We have noted that some observers of the transition are raising a number of concerns, particularly stating that by relinquishing the IANA contract, the US will be handing the Internet over to authoritarian regimes. That, simply, will not be case. In fact, we believe the exact opposite will occur with this transition. The community developed proposals contain a number of specific provisions that will make government interference at ICANN far less likely and will empower stakeholders to step in should ICANN waver under the outside influence of governments. Our member companies, those in the United States, and those located elsewhere around the globe, have too much at stake to submit to a change that could empower governments over the policies and arrangements that guide our business. This transition plan empowers businesses and technical experts and properly reinforces the advisory nature of governments.
The DNA applauds the oversight role Congress has played throughout the transition. We believe the close attention paid by members and staff has directly led to a sharper product, helping ensure greater stability and accountability at ICANN. Given the success of that oversight, we now ask that Congress acknowledge the will of those impacted the most and allow the transition to occur in a timely manner.

Roy Arbeit
Executive Director
The Domain Name Association

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